The first film of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hasn?t even been released yet, but fans are treated to an assurance of a sequel. ?According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers has announced its plans for a sequel set for November 16, 2018.
The announcement was made by Warner Bros.? president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman and president of worldwide marketing and distribution Sue Kroll.
As with the first installment, the sequel will be directed by David Yates, and JK Rowling would still be writing the screenplay. Yates was also the director of the last four Harry Potter movies.
The sequel will move deeper into darker times for the wizard world, where Newt Scamander and the other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set some 70 years before the Harry Potter series. It will feature, multi-awarded actor, Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, Les Miserable) as Newt Scamander, a ?magizoologist? who embarks on adventures to find magical creatures in 1920s New York.
The film, set to be released worldwide on November 18, also features Colin Farrell, Katherin Waterson, Ezra Miller, and Samantha Morton.
Harry Potter nostalgia
The trailer promises another wizarding adventure, when Newt Scamander goes to the Magical Congress of the United States of America. He brings with him a magically expanded briefcase, where a number of dangerous creatures are safely locked in?or so he thinks. The creatures escape from the briefcase prompting the American Wizarding authorities to go after Newt. The background music waxes nostalgia with the signature theme of Harry Potter playing in the background. ?
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, visited the set earlier this year and met up with a member of the Longbottom clan of the 1920s. Actor James Payton, who is the ?stand-in? for several actors in Fantastic Beasts, played Frank Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. As we know, Frank and wife Alice Longbottom, were both tortured to insanity by Deatheater, Bellatrix Lestrange. In a vintage photograph of the Order of the Phoenix, Frank Longbottom stands sixth from the right, next to Mad-Eye Moody. Coincidentally, or perhaps, brilliantly well-thought of, Neville Longbottom stands in the same place in a photo with Dumbledore?s Army.