'Fantastic Beasts' reveals sequel title, first pic

USA TODAY - The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them sequel officially has a title.

On Thursday, Warner Bros. announced that the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is named Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and shared a first-look photo featuring a white-haired Johnny Depp, the actor playing the titular character of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. 

The ensemble cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz, with Jude Law stepping into the role of young Albus Dumbledore. Following Grindelwald's reveal in the final moments of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, the sequel will explore Dumbledore's relationship with the dark wizard.

Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling previously hinted that Dumbledore was gayand secretly harbored feelings for Grindelwald, calling his love “a great tragedy.”

See the title announcement on Twitter here.

Fantastic Beasts director David Yates returns to helm the sequel, with Rowling producing and penning the screenplay.

The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second of the series' five planned installments, is slated for release on Nov. 16, 2018. The first film, released last year, grossed $813 million worldwide. 

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