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Addditions have been made to the cast of the all-new adventure set in ’s Wizarding World, the second of five feature films in the series that began with . The film, which is currently in production, is being directed by .

Among the actors who have joined the international ensemble cast are , returning to the role of Seraphina Picquery; as Spielman; as Bunty; as Torquil Travers; as Rosier; as Arnold Guzman; and as Nicolas Flamel. and have also been cast in roles to be revealed.

Reprising their roles from the worldwide hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are Oscar winner (), who stars as wizarding world magizoologist ; as Auror Tina Goldstein; as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski; as Queenie Goldstein; and as Credence. Oscar nominee (the movies, ) returns as the powerful Dark wizard , and Oscar nominee (, ) portrays Hogwarts professor .

Rounding out the main cast are as ; as Theseus Scamander; as a woman in a wizarding circus; as Yusuf Kama; as Grimmson; as Skender; and as Abernathy.

J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause — elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie, and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.

The film expands the wizarding world, moving from to and on to . There are also some surprising nods to the stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.

, J.K. Rowling, and are producing the film, with , , and serving as executive producers.

Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”); three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time BAFTA Award-winning editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films, “State of Play”), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”).

The new adventure is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which has been the cinematic home of the Wizarding World since the first “Harry Potter” film.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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