It’s already been two years since our last trip to the Wizarding World, but Fantastic Beasts 3 is back filming again ahead of the next film in the franchise.
The story will pick up from 2018’s The Crimes of Grindelwald, with Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, Jude Law’s younger Albus Dumbledore, and Ezra Miller’s Credence all returning for the next instalment in the story.
There’s also a major new recasting following the departure of one of the main stars in the franchise – read on for everything you need to know about that and all the latest news about the film, including release dates and plot information.
When will Fantastic Beasts 3 be released?
Fantastic Beasts 3 was originally scheduled for a 12th November 2021 release date, but in November 2020 it was announced that this had been pushed back to 15th July 2022.
The delay was announced following the exit of Johnny Depp from the franchise, while the film’s production schedule was also slightly upended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Filming for the movie halted after just one day in March 2020, with many scenes to be shot in Brazil, a country heavily hit by the crisis. However, filming has now finally resumed as of September 2020 in the UK, meaning that fans might not have to wait too long to see the movie after all.
“It’s interesting because we’ve started shooting now,” star Eddie Redmayne told CinemaBlend.
“We’re two weeks in, and again, it’s a whole new process. It’s a whole new normal. Testing frequently, masks. And I wondered, actually, whether the masks would affect creativity, in some ways. Maybe that was a bit ignorant, but I just thought, as humans, do we need interaction to spark from each other.
“What is really reassuring is that it is a different process, but it still feels like it’s fizzing and that everyone is working at the top of their game,” he concluded.
And speaking to the Daily Mail, he revealed some of the processes used to keep the cast safe during filming.
“We’re being tested several times a week; we are wearing masks for rehearsal; we’re in bubbles,” he said. “It does make you extra careful.”
Who is in the cast of Fantastic Beasts 3?
The biggest casting news is undoubtedly the addition of Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen to the main cast, taking over the role of lead antagonist Gellert Grindelwald.
Mikkelsen is no stranger to playing iconic villains – he played Hannibal for three seasons and also starred as Bond villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.
His casting came after Johnny Depp stepped down from the role, with the actor announcing he would no longer portray Grindelwald, having been “asked to resign” by Warner Bros.
His departure came in the wake of losing a libel case with the publisher of The Sun newspaper, which called the actor a “wife beater”. Depp has made clear that he plans to appeal the judgement, which he has called “surreal”.
As for the remainder of the cast, you can expect to see Eddie Redmayne back as Newt Scamander alongside Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie), Katherine Waterstone (Tina), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) and Jude Law (Dumbledore), with Jessica Williams set to play Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks following a cameo in the previous film.
What will Fantastic Beasts 3 be about?
Not much is known about Fantastic Beasts 3, but it has been confirmed to be set in the 1930s and/or in Rio de Janeiro, which might explain the plans to film in Brazil…
Specifically, the story will lead up to the Wizarding World’s involvement in World War Two, which was hinted at in previous film The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The film is also expected to show more of the main antagonist Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard of great power who has taken Ezra Miller’s Credence Barebone (aka Aurelius Dumbledore) under his deadly wing.
Speaking of Dumbledores, in the previous film we were introduced to a young version of Albus Dumbledore and discover that long ago he made a magical blood pact with Grindelwald, precluding the wizards from causing each other harm. Dumbledore trying to destroy the pact looks to be a likely plot thread in the event that Jude Law is to return in this film as young Albus.
When will we see Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer?
We probably won’t get a teaser until early 2021, with a full trailer following sometime after that. Still, fingers crossed it won’t be too long a wait.