With the first film having gone down well with fans and critics alike last November, work has now begun on Fantastic Beasts and Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.
Last year, the Harry Potter spin-off conjured up $814m at the worldwide box office, bringing home, too, the Academy Award for Best Costume Design – a new high for J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
The film starred Eddie Redmayne, who is set to return for this second outing, as Newt Scamander, a British magizoologist who has to recapture the title’s ‘fantastic beasts’ when a No-Maj, Jacob (Dan Fogler) inadvertently sets them loose upon 1920s New York.
Our first look behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts 2 comes courtesy of, its writer and producer, J. K. Rowling herself, who earlier tweeted a picture from on the set:
Little more than a teaser, there’s more than enough to be excited by here – what, for instance, do those emojis mean?!
Returning from the first film, alongside Redmayne and Fogler, are Katherine Waterstone’s Tina, Alison Sudol’s Queenie, and – intriguingly, given his apparent destruction – Ezra Miller as Credence.
Having cameoed at the conclusion to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Johnny Depp is to come into fruition in the sequel as Gellert Grindelwald, whilst Jude Law has been cast as a young Albus Dumbledore – immortalised in the Harry Potter films by the late, great Richard Harris and, of course, Michael Gambon.
The as-yet-untitled Fantastic Beasts sequel will be released in the UK and US on November 16, 2018.