When is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald out? UK release date, final trailer, cast, runtime and age rating

Here's everything you need to know about the film and when it's set to hit cinemas…

When is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald released in the UK?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald will be released in the UK on November 16, 2018.

The second film comes almost two years after the release of  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The movie is produced by Heyday Films and distributed by Warner Bros.

It is directed by David Yates with the screenplay by J.K Rowling and runs for 2 hours 13 mins.

Who is starring in Fantastic Beasts 2?

Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald)

Johnny Depp's role in the first film was restricted to a cameo, with his alter-ego Percival Graves played by Colin Farrell. Grindelwald transformed into MACUSA's Director of Magical Security by the difficult wizarding practice of human transfiguration.

The actor's look is dramatically different from Farrell's, replacing the latter's smooth exterior and slick brown hair with a short platinum 'do, heterochromia (two different coloured eyes) and facial scarring.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore)

The star has perhaps the biggest boots to fill playing a young Albus Dumbledore, familiar to millions in his older guise in the Harry Potter films played by Richard Harris and latterly Michael Gambon.

He has a fine brown beard in the first shot of him in character, with shorter and darker hair than Harry Potter fans are used to. Dressed in a stylish, navy corduroy coat, the future Hogwarts Headmaster casts a stern look.

Dumbledore will ask former student Newt for help in the film, but we don't yet know more than that.

Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski)

Fogler plays lovable No-Maj Jacob Kowalski who was unwittingly plunged into the magical world in the first film.

Jacob was constantly amazed and astounded as he saw and heard things he never knew existed, often with comical consequences. At the end of the first film, it appeared he had his memories wiped, with MACUSA worried he'd be too much of a liability to their world if he was allowed to roam free with the knowledge he'd acquired. However, his return hints that he didn't forget everything after all.

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander)

Eddie returns as magizoologist Newt Scamander. In the first film Newt case of magical creatures went missing in New York and the film focused on his quest to recapture them. This time around, he's likely to play a role in combatting Grindelwald's evil plans.

Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein)

Desperate to be of use to MACUSA despite being demoted from her role as an Auror, Tina, like Jacob, is enveloped in Newt's case drama.

She narrowly escaped death after Percival aka Grindelwald sentenced her to the death cell and went on to play a vital part in disarming him later in the film and calming Credence Barebone as he unleashed his Obscurus.

Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone)

Credence was repressed as a child by his strict, anti-magic mother Mary-Lou. Abused and forced to campaign against wizardry, Credence developed a powerful dark force called an Obscurus, which he unleashed at the end of the film. It was thought the blast had killed him, such was its power, but his place in the new poster shows that he somehow survived.

What will happen in Fantastic Beasts 2?

Set just months after the first film ended in 1927, the sequel will document the rise of Gellert Grindelwald after he was unmasked while masquerading as Percival Graves, Director of Magical Security and head of The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA's) Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

The wizard's grand plan is for magical pure-blood wizards to reign over all No-Maj's (non-magical folk) so audiences can expect to see Grindelwald wreak havoc on the streets of New York, London and Paris.

To thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.


What has JK Rowling said about the film?

"Credence survives," Rowling says, "and for Credence, the question now is [finding out who he is]. The reason everyone goes to Paris really is Credence."

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