Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled to begin production in spring 2020 with Johnny Depp returning amid controversy.
Johnny Depp made his first appearance as the sinister Grindelwald in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts film series, but his involvement sparked controversy due to claims of alleged verbal and physical abuse made by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Despite the controversy, the Fantastic Beasts 3 announcement confirmed Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Grindelwald in the upcoming sequel.
Meanwhile, Deadline reports actress Jessica Williams, who briefly appears in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, will reprise her role for the third film with a bigger part to play. As with the previous two installments, the third Fantastic Beasts film will offer audiences a look at the Wizarding World in new continents, with the latest installment taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, Fantastic Beasts 3 will feature returning stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Folger, and Katherine Waterson. Yates will also serve as a producer alongside David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram, and Tim Lewis. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 12, 2021.
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Here is the official synopsis for Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.