On Thursday, Warner Bros. announced the title for 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Sharing the news via Twitter, the studio wrote, "In one year, return to the Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts."
The sequel, set for release on Nov. 16, 2018, stars Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy, Brontis Jodorowsky as Nicolas Flamel, Cornell S. John as Arnold Guzman, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Ezra Miller as Credence, William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers, Wolf Roth as Spielman, Ingvar Sigurdsson as Grimmson, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein and Victoria Yeates as Bunty. Claudia Kim plays a wizarding circus performer, and Fiona Glascott and Jessica Williams were cast in secret roles.
At the end of the first film, the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured, thanks in part to the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But he escaped, and now he is looking for followers to empower pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. To stop him, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt, who's unaware of the dangers ahead.
The film expands the wizarding world, moving from New York to London and Paris.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Rowling and Lionel Wigram produced the movie.
Warner Bros. released a new cast photo Thursday in celebration of the title announcement.