Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald have a long history together, but it's just getting started in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."
The second film in the "Fantastic Beasts" series introduces Jude Law as Dumbledore, with Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.
If you were hoping they'd have some great scenes together ... start hoping for that in "Fantastic Beasts 3."
It was expected that the characters would at least connect in "Fantastic Beasts 2." The two characters became close as teens, but apparently it's not quite time yet in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter canon for the two to reconnect as adults.
In the same interview where Jude Law talked about Dumbledore's sexuality, he discussed not actually sharing any scenes with Johnny Depp:
Obviously, Dumbledore had a relationship with Grindelwald. What’s that relationship like at this point in time? And what was it like working with Johnny Depp?
"I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself."
So we have to wait until "Fantastic Beasts 3" for that? Or 4? Or 5? There are five planned movies. Really, though. Fans are curious about the relationship between these two guys -- and not even in a romantic way, just as two powerful wizards we know eventually face-off as friends-turned-foes.
Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) told EW the tone of the second film is much darker than the first one, and it plays like a thriller.
“The most riveting aspect is the tonal change. It’s darker and more rigorous and weaving in the Potter lore we’re much more familiar with. So these characters you met in the first film are now in the wizarding world you understand more thoroughly. When I read [the script] it had these cryptic elements to it and it played like a thriller that made it a page-turner.”
Here's the official film synopsis:
"Warner Bros. Pictures’ 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech."
Here's the official teaser trailer, from March:
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" opens in theaters November 16.
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In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. Read More