Dan Fogler Fantastic Beasts

A couple of weeks ago, Warner Brothers announced that production on the third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie was pushed back to allow more time for pre-production.  Now, star Dan Fogler has offered a little more insight into the delay, stating that this third picture is “bigger than the first two combined.”

“Yeah, we start in the Fall. The movie is going to be gigantic!

“The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back.

“I can tell you that we are going to Brazil. I don’t really know much…[laughs]. I’ll get a script closer to when we start shooting.”

The ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies take place roughly 65 years before ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone’ and follows the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he collects mystical creatures that have escaped into the Muggle/No-Maj world.  The first film brought Scamander to America in 1926, where he befriended Fogler’s No-Maj baker Jacob Kowalski, and the magical Goldstein Sisters, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol).  At the end of that adventure, Jacob was mind-wiped to forget all the supernatural events he’d witnessed, but his memory is later restored thanks to Queenie.

J.K. Rowling, who wrote the ‘Harry Potter’ novels and is penning the scripts for the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies, has stated that each film will visit a different continent.  Last year’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ took place largely in Europe, so Fogler’s mention that the third will film in Brazil indicates that this installment will be set in South America.

The first movie grossed $814 million worldwide, while ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ saw a significant drop to $653 million.  The first picture was well-received, but the second was mired in controversy after the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.  It also received mostly poor reviews when it hit theaters, with many feeling that it was overstuffed with expository dialogue meant to set up future films, leaving the actual characters onscreen doing nothing.

Hopefully, the third film can win back any Muggles that were bored by the second.

The third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is expected to begin filming this fall.  Its release date has not been changed, although it probably will.  But for the time being, it is scheduled to hit theaters on November 20, 2020.

Source: Hey U Guys