As lifelong fans, we too have been looking towards the Fantastic Beasts franchise to keep us occupied now that the main Harry Potter movies have come to an end. They've been doing a so-so job of doing that, but that doesn't mean we're not looking forward to seeing what J.K. Rowling comes up with next.

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be the third of a planned five-movie franchise, so we still have many movies to go.

It's still very early in the production cycle for Fantastic Beasts 3, but here's everything you need to know about the next movie in the franchise.

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April 29, 2019 - Fantastic Beasts 3 release date revealed

Warner Bros. has revealed a release date for Fantastic Beasts 3: November 12, 2021. The film will continue the story of Newt Scamander, Grindelwald, and Credence.

Filming for Fantastic Beasts 3 is expect to begin in spring of 2020.

"J.K. Rowling created an awe-inspiring universe that has captivated people of all ages, taking us on an extraordinary magical journey," said Ron Sanders of Warner Bros. said.

Although Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald received tepid reviews from critics, Fantastic Beasts was also meant to be a five-film series, as it chronicles Grindelwald's attempts to rid the world of humans.

"We all believe this release date will give the filmmakers time and space to allow their artistry to truly flourish and deliver the best possible film to our fans," said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros.

No casting details have been revealed, but many faces are expected to return, including Eddie Redmayne as Newt and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.

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Fantastic Beasts 3 release date

Warner Bros. has announced that Fantastic Beasts 3 will come out on November 12, 2021, with production starting in spring of 2020.

The Crimes of Grindelwald was the lowest-grossing and lowest rated movie in the Harry Potter franchise. Warner Bros. may be trying to get the script right instead of rushing the project.

Fantastic Beasts 3 plot

We are two movies deep into the Harry Potter spin off franchise Fantastic Beasts and so far they have been somewhat underwhelming. The first was a solid start but things really fell apart in the second. Fantastic Beasts 3 will do all it can to change that, according actor Dan Fogler, who plays the lovable Jacob Kowalski.

Fogler talked a little about the film and said it'll give fans something to get truly excited about.

The movie is going to be gigantic! The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn't want to rush anything so they pushed it back. I can tell you that we are going to Brazil. I don't really know much. I'll get a script closer to when we start shooting."

The first two Fantastic Beasts were many things but they were not small productions. The second movie for instance cost $200 million to make, but apparently the next one will be even bigger. We're crossing our fingers he's alluding to the plot of the story moving forward in a much more timely fashion.

One of the most maligned aspects of Fantastics Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was that the plot didn't really go anywhere. It basically just set up Grindelwald's rebellion and eventual battle with Dumbledore but did little else for characters like Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein and Jacob.

Fantastic Beasts 3 cast

Just about every major character we saw in the first two movies is returning for the third entry plus Jude Law as Dumbledore as his storyline with Grindelwald expands. It's still early on in the development of the movie so there's not much news surrounding the plot, as there is no script, which means there are no new characters we know of yet.

Some of the minor characters like Nagini, Callum Turner and Nicolas Flamel may also return, though it hasn't been confirmed. Also, don't be surprised to see Professor McGonagall and other characters with closer ties to the main Harry Potter movies to be included in the movie.

Here's the list of the characters we expect in Fantastic Beasts 3:

  • Newt Scamander – Eddie Redmayne
  • Tina Goldstein – Katherine Waterston
  • Jacob Kowalski – Dan Fogler
  • Queenie Goldstein – Alison Sudol
  • Credence – Ezra Miller
  • Gellert Grindelwald – Johnny Depp
  • Albus Dumbledore – Jude Law