Fantastic Beasts 2 Is Called The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Having faked us all out with the first movie, Fantastic Beasts 2 is upfront about the plot from here on out.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which was released a year ago this week, was an initial fake out. Supposedly we were getting a trilogy of movies featuring the humble Hufflepuff, Newt Scamander, and his quest for love and animals on his way to writing the seminal text of the movie’s title. Instead, this turned out to be the introduction to the Wizarding War before Voldemort, the WWII allegory when British Dumbledore beat the evil German-sounding wizard Grindelwald in a great battle in 1945.
With the announcement today of the second movie, all pretense this story is about anything else has been thrown out the window, featuring the title “The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017
The synopsis, according to Pottermore:
The year is 1927; a few months have passed since the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment as he promised and has begun gathering followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with American friends Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.
So this movie takes place only months after the last one ends, and the release of Scamander’s hit book. That explains this tweet:
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 1, 2017
Now, let’s look at that cast. Because despite the excitement, there’s one rather large issue.
We’ve got our first look at Jude Law doing the Dumbledore beard. That’s a good thing. Ezra Miller is back as Credence, continuing to take out insurance against his other Warner Brothers character, The Flash, just in case that movie never gets made, and the continuing piss poor reviews kill Justice League for good.
In the center we have the woman Newt was crushing on, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) who it turns out is engaged…to Newt’s brother, Theseus (Callum Turner), sitting next to her. Awkward. Apparently, he’s a war hero of some sort? Poor Newt. At least now he’s free to pursue Tina.
Speaking of which, our fab four are all back for this movie, including Jacob! That’s wonderful.
Jessica Williams from The Daily Show is also cast!
HELLO THERE. I AM SCREAMING BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE IN FANTASTIC BEASTS. 😩😃😃 https://t.co/k4UAT9y5gc
— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) October 6, 2017
And then there’s….Johnny.
In a world where sexual harassers are getting taken down right and left, Johnny Depp is still here.
The Crimes Of Grindelwald pic.twitter.com/LIOkF7jVai
— stephanie ironson (@sironson) November 16, 2017
Well, he is on the official poster. Everyone else is doing their best to fix that.
— Andy Behbakht (@AndyBehbakht) November 16, 2017
I just have one question: J.K. Rowling is supposed to be this great feminist icon, and one of the most powerful women in media. So why in god’s name is this abusive asshole starring in her movies? They erased Kevin Spacey out of Ridley Scott’s movie wholesale. Don’t give me that this can’t be fixed if Rowling didn’t demand it.
It’s embarrassing, upsetting and horrifying that Depp is still being allowed to work. proof, in case we needed it that what we’re seeing is not a real cultural shift, but a moment in time, and it too, shall pass, before things snap back to the status quo.
Rowling can help change that. So why is she silent?