Suffice it to say that ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ made a splash when it debuted last November. Not only did it offer fans a chance to return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World (one of several that year, in point of fact), but rather than rest on its laurels, the film also took advantage of the opportunity to expand the world. It did so by setting its narrative primarily in New York City. And now the upcoming sequel, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‘ is set to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer David Heyman clarified the film’s setting, which had been the subject of a variety of conflicting rumors. This speculation has its roots in the fact that we already know that the film will include scenes set in New York City, Paris, and London. Now, thanks to Heyman, we can finally put that speculation to rest. According to the man himself, the film “takes place almost entirely in Paris.”
In addition to confirming its setting, Heyman spoke a bit about the film itself. Perhaps even more so than the first installment, ‘The Crimes of Grindenwald’ is shaping up to be nothing if not an ambitious outing. As Heyman explains:
“We delve deeper into the wizarding world – we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York – the world is expanding. As you can tell from [the cast photo], we’re following quite a few characters. The new film has a very different feel from the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms – paternal, romantic, political. And it’s just a thrilling and very fun adventure. We took all we’ve learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper, and more thrilling film which I’m excited to be a part of.”
Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by ‘Harry Potter’ creator J.K. Rowling, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, and Jude Law. The film is scheduled for release on November 16, 2018.