The third installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise has been delayed, according to a report from Deadline. Originally, the film was set to begin production this summer, but the world will be a little less magical until late autumn of 2019.
While Fantastic Beasts 3 was initially rumored to release sometime in 2020, the production team decided to push the third iteration back to give themselves more prep time. According to Deadline, “previous Warner Bros. administrations had the tendency to rush event films to meet release dates.” However, a new strategy amongst the higher-ups of Warner Bros. is allowing for more-anticipated films to “brew as needed.” The actors of Fantastic Beasts 3 have been made aware of the schedule change.
Little is known right now about the plot of the third Fantastic Beasts films, but audiences can expect the focus to shift a bit. What little audiences do know is that the film will focus more intently on the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, therefore, answering some of the larger questions from Crimes of Grindelwald.
David Yates, known for his work on the first two Fantastic Beasts and a handful of Harry Potter films, will be returning to direct the third film. As of right now, it looks like he will also finish the five-film franchise as J.K. Rowling announced back in 2016.
Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler are all returning for their starring roles in this magical adventure. For you Muggles out there, Fantastic Beasts focuses on Magizoologist Newt Scamander, a protector collector of magical beasts, and his adventures in 1920’s Paris, New York, and London.
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