‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Will Be "Darker & More Rigorous," According To Eddie Redmayne

The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series will undergo some serious changes from the time fans last left it in 2016. Then it was an odd little one-off film about Newt Scamander, the writer of the titular book, and some of his adventures in America just before it was published. The series will return a spy vs. spy thriller pitting Dumbledore’s agents, including Scamander, against Grindelwald in the street of Paris. But those aren’t the only changes. According to star Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts 2 will be "darker and more rigorous," in terms of adventure.

The new film, entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will introduce yet another new part of the Wizarding World to viewers. The first film showed the repressive world of magic in America, one which never recovered from the Salem Witch Trials, and to this day lived in fear of Christian persecution. The new film will take fans to the French Wizarding world, and let fans see what the world of magic is like with a continental flair.

The synopsis of the film says:

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, said the new film is wildly different from the first.

He also has a description for what Grindelwald is like, now he’s not masquerading as someone else:

Grindelwald’s "hypnotic" personality sounds like it’s a full 180 from the younger version of Dumbledore played by Jude Law. If Redmayne sounds like he might admire Grindelwald a little, Law says Dumbledore actually admires Scamander quite a lot:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters Nov. 16, 2018.

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