First Look: Fantastic Beasts sequel reveals Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, new title The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Nov 16, 2017

You Know What is back. And behold! It's got a title!

Warner Bros. has unveiled the first official cast photo of the highly anticipated sequel to 2016's blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and revealed its title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,

And to the delight of many a young muggle, the pic shows off the first look at Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, who is expected to play a pivotal role in taking down the film's notorious Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, who in the prequel series was considered the most powerful mage around (sorry, Voldemort) and launched a reign of terror in both Europe and North America.

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Also in the cast is Ezra Miller, once again playing the mysterious Credence Barebone; Katherine Waterston returning as Tina Goldstein, who's been reinstated as an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA); Eddie Redmayne, who's reprising his lead role of Newt Scamander, the adventuring wizard and magizoologist who'll be publishing his acclaimed book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Zoe Kravitz as Leta LeStrange, who's engaged to Newt's brother, Theseus Scamander, being played by newcomer Callum Turner; Dan Fogler is back as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudos as Tina's free-spirited sister and mind reader Queenie Goldstein; and last but not least, Johnny Depp as the infamous Grindelwald.

 

When last we left him at the end of Fantastic Beasts, Grindelwald escaped MACUSA custody and is now plotting to launch a reign of terror in a plot to have pure-blooded wizards rule over all non-magical beings.

While plot details for the follow up are scarce, according to J.K. Rowling's history of her wizarding world, Dumbledore and Grindelwald are said to face off in a major duel in 1945, a showdown that Fantastic Beasts' official Twitter account hinted at yesterday when it posted a pic of two wands.

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The one on the left is the Elder Wand, one of the fabled Deathly Hallows which Dumbledore is said to have acquired in the showdown with his old friend and nemesis. Not much is known about the wand on the right.

The latest adventure is said to find Dumbledore seeking out his former student, Newt, to help him thwart the Dark Wizard's plans.

Us muggles though will have to wait awhile to see what happens as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, directed by David Yates, isn't hitting theaters until Nov. 16, 2018.