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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jumanji character posters
  • Fantastic Beasts sequel details and a new photo
  • A defense of Johnny Depp in The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • You could be in Pacific Rim: Uprising!
  • Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is getting a sequel
  • A new Mission: Impossible image
  • New Maze Runner: The Death Cure posters and a Maze Runner recap
  • The Crow director does not want The Crow reboot

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Fantastic Beasts Sequel Plot

While tomorrow will be a magical day in the United States as many Americans take the day off to celebrate Independence Day with cookouts, fireworks and other assorted tomfoolery, today is a magical day across the pond for an entirely different reason.

The currently untitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel started production at Leavesden Studios today, which is where all of the Harry Potter movies have been filmed since the beginning of the franchise. Warner Bros. Pictures sent out an official press release about the start of production, and with it comes some new details on the story, as well as notes on a handful of new characters coming into the fray. Find out everything you need to know about the Fantastic Beasts sequel plot and more below. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Sequel Casting Call

Have you always wanted to be in a Harry Potter movie? Now might be your chance.

Warner Bros. Pictures has put out an open casting call for teenage versions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them characters Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), as well as wizarding friends turned enemies, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

Find out how you can apply for the Fantastic Beasts sequel casting call and what this means for the movie below. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Visual Effects

It comes as no surprise that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has an extensive amount of visual effects used to bring the magical creatures of the wizarding world to life. It’s a blockbuster that has to transport us not only to a world that doesn’t exist, but also 90 years in the past. As someone who watches dozens and dozens of movies each year, you start to feel numb to most visual effects, but even I’m impressed by some of the work on display in this Fantastic Beasts visual effects reel. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Jared Harris

Now that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has introduced Young Grindelwald, the race is on to guess who’ll fill the role of Young Dumbledore in the sequel. And one name that’s come up again and again in that conversation is Jared Harris, in part because he’s about as close as you can get to a younger clone of the existing Dumbledore — he’s the son of Richard Harris, who played Old Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

Well, it turns out Harris has heard about all that speculation too. In a recent interview, he addressed the Dumbledore Jared Harris fantasy casting talk, warning that the decision is not his to make.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Easter Eggs

In the time since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, fans have already been obsessing about every detail in the movie as if it were a new Harry Potter book. And since the screenplays for these new movies that take place in the wizarding world are written by J.K. Rowling, that makes perfect sense. But for those who haven’t taken the time to dig any deeper into the events of the movie directed by David Yates, the characters who take part in it, or what this first movie means for the sequels in the way, a new video will explain everything you need to know.

Watch the Fantastic Beasts easter eggs and Harry Potter references video after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

Even though Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was the main character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be in the four impending sequels that are set to cover 19 years of narrative time in the wizarding world.

In a recent conversation, franchise producer David Heyman confirmed that Mr. Scamander won’t always be at the center of each movie. Honestly, that’s probably for the best.

Find out more about the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the first movie. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Sequel Characters

This past weekend, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dominated the box office by taking in an estimated $75 million. That’s not as big as the primary Harry Potter franchise installments, but it’s still an impressive opening weekend. But even before the box office numbers were in, we knew there would be Fantastic Beasts sequels, four to be exact.

We have already gotten some details on what to expect from Fantastic Beasts 2, including a bigger role for Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Grindelwald, and an unnamed actor as a young Dumbledore (we have some suggestions of our own on that front). And now we have confirmation that a certain character who is only merely referenced in the first Fantastic Beasts movie will have a prominent role in the developing sequel. We’ll let you know who it is after the jump, because it’s a bit of a spoiler for the first movie. Read More »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Title Format Revealed

Fantastic Beasts Sequel title format

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a cute, whimsical title, but it’s also kind of an unwieldy one. There’s a reason most people just shorten it to Fantastic Beasts in casual conversation. And as we move into the sequels, those titles have the potential to get even longer. Will we start seeing titles like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Insert Dramatic But Vague Subtitle Here? Or will Warner Bros. just go with the classic number format, i.e., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2? Or on the flip side, might the titles get shorter going forward?

Star Eddie Redmayne has the answer, and he shared it at a recent event promoting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Find out the Fantastic Beasts sequel title format below.  Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts Clips

We’re just a few days away from seeing if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lives up to the rather positive reviews that surfaced over the weekend. With that in mind, Warner Bros. Pictures is making one last push to drum up interest in the Harry Potter spin-off, though we’re pretty sure there’s already plenty of interest from the wizarding world fans out there.

Two new Fantastic Beasts clips have been released online by the studio, and they both offer up some interesting new details about our lead character, magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as well as one of the creatures in his possession. Plus, we get to see Mr. Scamander engage with Colin Farrell‘s character Percival Graves, an Auror for MACUSA’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Ron Perlman as a goblin that is basically a 1920s gangster.

Watch the new Fantastic Beasts clips after the jump. Read More »