Let it be known that on November 16, 2017, we were blessed with the first image of Jude Law as none other than young Albus "Did Yah Put Yah Name in da Goblet of Fiyah?!" Dumbledore. After the year we've had, I think we can all agree that we deserve this. And golly does this man sure know how to wear a blue corduroy trench...
Anyhoo, the bigger news here is that the Fantastic Beasts sequel has finally been given a name: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Let's sit with that for a quick sec.
The name sounds too much like a Lifetime movie for my taste. But I digress.
It was only a matter of time before the sequel's details were made public. After its predecessor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossed $814 million world wide, Warner Bros. slated four follow-up films for the franchise. The entire series will take place between 1926 to 1945 — when Dumbledore wins the notorious Elder Wand in a duel with Gellert Grindelwald.
The official plot description reads:
The Crimes of Grindelwald will debut exactly a year from today, according to a tweet from the film's official Twitter account.
Like the previous Fantastic Beasts, this movie has been scripted by Mother Magic herself, J.K. Rowling. Longtime Harry Potter director will helm The Crimes of Grindelwald, which once again will star Eddie Redmayne as renowned magizoologist, Newt Scamander. Read the official character descriptions below.
The excitement from many of Rowling's fans was palpable, but for some, the promo photos were marred by Johnny Depp's presence. As you may recall, last year, Depp's then-wife, Amber Heard, accused the actor of domestic abuse, and filed for a restraining order. With the current revelations of rampant sexual misconduct in Hollywood, some fans were hopeful that the same tide would hold Depp accountable.
Alas, Depp has kept his role as one of the greatest dark wizards of all time.