It’s a wrap on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
The second movie in the franchise is set for a November 2018 release, and it’s been revealed they have already finished production.
The official Twitter account for the movie shared the news, with video of the clapper board being slapped down for the final time.
Alongside a video clip of the production, a caption read: ‘That’s a wrap on #FantasticBeasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald production! See you in 2018. #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts #WizardingWednesdays (sic)’
Johnny Depp will be returning as Grindelwald in the movie, which follows on from the last installment, set in 1927.
His involvement in the movie has caused some controversy following his divorce from Amber Heard, which saw her accuse him of abuse before allegations were dropped.
JK Rowling was forced to defend the decision to not only cast him, but keep him in the movie following backlash from fans.
Fans then commented on the tweet of the franchise wrapping filming with a mixture of responses in regards to Depp.
One wrote: ‘Y’all better call it a wrap on Johnny Depp’s future in this franchise, or it’s a WRAP on me paying to watch your films.’
Another, however, praised the movie makers for keeping him involved: ‘The fact that Johnny Depp is Grindelwald in #crimesofgrindelwald is one of the best things to happen ever .. can it be Nov 2018 already.’
Grindelwald escapes from the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).
Now the wizard is gathering followers to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In order to stop him and his plans, a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists the help of Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.
She said: ‘For me, personally, the inability to speak opens to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom expressed a desire to get on with their lives must be respected.
‘I loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see The Crimes Of Grindelwald. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role.
‘However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.’
The new film sees Redmayne and Depp reprising their respective roles alongside a number of other returning casts, including Katherine Waterston as Auror Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie and Dan Fogler as Jacob Fowalski.
Ezra Miller is back as Credence, Zoe Kravitz will take on the role of Leta Lestrange and Callum Turner will play Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.