It’s been a long wait for fans of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, but we finally have some news on the release date of the highly anticipated third installment. With the film set to hit theaters in 2023, here’s everything we know so far about Fantastic Beasts 3.
Originally slated for release in November of 2021, Fantastic Beasts 3 was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With production on hold, fans were left wondering if they’d ever get to see the latest adventure in the wizarding world.
But in May of 2022, Warner Bros. announced that filming had resumed and the release date had been pushed back to July 15, 2023.
While details on the plot of Fantastic Beasts 3 are still scarce, we do know that the story will pick up where the second film left off. The ending of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald saw the dark wizard Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) captured by the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) and taken into custody.
It’s likely that the third film will focus on the aftermath of Grindelwald’s capture and explore the growing tensions between the wizarding and non-wizarding communities.
Many of the familiar faces from the first two Fantastic Beasts films will be returning for the third installment. Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston returning as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, and Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein.
There will also be some new additions to the cast, including Mads Mikkelsen, who will be replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, and Zoe Kravitz, who will be returning as Leta Lestrange.
David Yates, who directed the first two Fantastic Beasts films as well as several of the Harry Potter movies, will be returning to direct the third installment.
The Future of the Franchise
While Fantastic Beasts 3 may be the next chapter in the wizarding world, it’s not the end of the story. In fact, there are reportedly two more films planned after this one, which will bring the total number of Fantastic Beasts movies to five.
However, it’s worth noting that the franchise has faced some controversy in recent years. Johnny Depp’s casting as Grindelwald was met with backlash due to allegations of domestic abuse, and he was ultimately asked to step down from the role. The decision to replace him with Mads Mikkelsen was met with mixed reactions from fans.
Despite the delays and controversies, fans of the wizarding world are eagerly anticipating the release of Fantastic Beasts 3. With a talented cast and crew behind it, the film is sure to be another magical adventure.