Major Spoilers For Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!
Yeah, you read that headline correctly. It looks like Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) won’t be leading every Fantastic Beasts sequel.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is currently dominating the box-office, but that won’t stop us from looking ahead at the four sequels coming from the Wizarding World. With the ending of Fantastic Beasts, it’s clear that there is a much bigger story going on with Grindelwald, a story that will come to involve Albus Dumbledore in the sequel. But what does that mean for Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander? While talking to CinemaBlend, producer David Heyman revealed that while Newt will be at the heart of the coming second movie, he might not lead all five films.
“I don’t think [Newt will be at] the heart of all of them. I think he’ll be part — so will Tina, Queenie and Jacob — will be part of the next one.”
So who will be replacing Newt Scamander as the lead of this new franchise? Well if you’re educated in your Harry Potter history you’ll know that there is a major conflict between Grindelwald and Dumbledore, a conflict that will likely take center stage in the sequels.
Obviously, with Newt taking a back seat in this franchise, J.K. Rowling will be focusing on some other characters set out in the first movie, and developing Dumbledore as a character in this new venture. When asked about Dumbledore’s secret role in the sequel, Heyman said:
“And Credence and Grindelwald [too]. I think they will be the main players.”
That’s right, it also looks like Ezra Miller’s Credence will have a larger role in the sequels. The character appeared to die at the end of the first movie, however, keen-eyed viewers will notice that he does, in fact, escape the violent scene, with only Newt taking note. While it is sad to hear that Eddie Redmayne won’t be leading each of these movies, I’m sure J.K. Rowling has an immensely exciting story set out for all of these characters, one that I can’t wait to see unfold.