Despite the first two films getting the greatest of reception, Warner Bros are pushing forward with the third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Deadline broke the story, that this third film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series will begin filming in spring 2020 with a revised release date of November 12, 2021.
Similar to the previous two movies, the third film is going to be set in a new continent as they explore the wizarding culture in different parts of the world with the first set in New York, the second in Paris and now they’re going to Rio de Janerio in Brazil.
The whole main cast is set to return including Eddie Redmayne’s Net Scamander, Ezra Miller (Credence/ Aurelius Dumbledore), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein). Plus Johnny Deep’s Gellert Grindelwald and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.
Furthermore, Deadline is stating that Jessica Williams, who has the briefest of roles in part 2’s Crimes of Grindelwald to the point I can’t even remember her in it, will have a larger role with her character Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks.
Hick is a teacher at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is the American equivalent of Hogwarts and it’s likely with the increased role that Hick could be Dumbledore’s equal.
David Yates is also coming back to direct the film.
As stated above the first two films of Fantastic Beasts films have been mixed with the recent Crimes of Grindelwald disappointing both critics and audiences alike. So pushing back the production date from July 2019 to spring is a smart move to lay out the future of this franchise.
Last year after seeing Crimes of Grindelwald at my local cinema, I wrote a piece for my old blog saying how Fantastic Beasts could move forward with one suggestion of bringing back a Steve Kloves as co-writer.
So I’m glad to see him return both as a writer to work alongside JK Rowling on the screenplay and as a producer as he was on hand during the phenomenon of Harry Potter and let’s hope he can work his magic again.
The only worry now is Miller’s schedule and when filming for The Flash will finally, if at all, happens.