SPOILER WARNING! This article contains mild spoilers for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ so if you haven’t seen the film yet, go check out our review of the movie, go see the flick, and then come back and keep reading!
After raking in an approximated $75 million on its opening weekend, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ has solidly proven that Harry Potter Fever is alive and well in our muggle-infested world. Good news, then, for the fans and for production company Warner Brothers, that a whopping four sequels have already been green-lit, all of which should have input directly from franchise creator JK Rowling (who turned in her first-ever screenwriting credit on ‘Fantastic Beasts’).
During the recently-concluded press tour for the film, director David Yates made the decision to let everyone know about a character that would be appearing in the sequel. While the casting of Zoe Kravitz – whom audiences have recently seen in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘X-Men: First Class,’ and more – had already been confirmed, Yates let everyone know, in no uncertain terms, that she will be portraying Leta Lestrange, ex-girlfriend of main character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
Yates further explained about the character thusly:
“Leta Lestrange comes into the second movie. She’s quite complicated and damaged and confused and Newt is absolutely still in love with her, so she has a kind of power over him, and she – yeah, she’s a kind of tragic figure, so we will see a bit more of her in the second movie.”
Fans of the Potter franchise will immediately recognize the Lestrange character surname, primarily from death-eater Bellatrix Lestrange – although it’s important to note that Bellatrix is a Lestrange by marriage only, having been born into the Black family before marrying Rodolphus Lestrange. Further complicating the Newt-Leta matter is the beginnings of potential romantic connection shown between Newt and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Watson) at the end of ‘Fantastic Beasts.’
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is in theaters now; ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2’ is currently scheduled for release on November 16, 2018.
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