Sta Star Ed­die Red­mayne says Fan­tas­ticbeasts: Ththe­crime­sof­grindel­wald, the se­quel to 2016’s hhit fan­tasy flick, is “darker and more rig­or­ous” than its pre­de­ces­sor. Ooh, tell us more...

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The ststar quota in the Har­ry­pot­ter prequ pre­quel is nearly as high­igh as the wond won­der­ful wiz­ardry and sstun­ning spe­cial ef­fect ef­fects. Jude Law is on board as the youn young Dum­ble­dore, Ed­die Red­mayne re­turns as Ne­newt Sca­man­der and Jjohnny Depp’s almo al­most un­recog­nis­able as fugi­tivefu dark wizard Gelle Gellert Grindel­wald. “Tthe Pot­ter fans are like sch schol­ars of this stuff, which I ffind in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive. I hope to give them some­thing they haven’t seen be­fore,” says Johnny, who had a big hand in pulling to­gether the creepy look of his char­ac­ter, who he de­scribes as “fas­ci­nat­ing and com­plex”.

Co-star Ed­die is a hard­core Johnny fan af­ter shar­ing the set with the Pi­rate­soft­he­caribbean star. “He was a joy to work with,” says the Bri­tish ac­tor, whose char­ac­ter is jug­gling both wizards and his feel­ings for Tina Goldstein (Kather­ine Water­ston). “It’s des­per­ate be­cause they’re sort of pin­ing for each other, but things have gone awry. Part of this film is about them re-find­ing each other,” he says.

Mean­while, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Les­trange only had a blinkand-you’ll-miss-it cameo in 2016’s Fan­tas­ticbeasts And

Whereto Findthem, but the ac­tress says we’ll get to see a lot more of her in this fol­low-up. “The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Leta and Newt is a com­plex re­la­tion­ship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and de­velop, which will be fun,” Zoe teases.


While di­rec­tor David Yates copped flak when he claimed ear­lier this year that Dum­ble­dore’s ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity would “not ex­plic­itly” be ad­dressed in the movie, he’s since clar­i­fied there’ll be hints of it. “A cou­ple of scenes we shot are very sen­sual mo­ments of him and the young Grindel­wald,” he says. “The story [of their ro­mance] isn’t there in this par­tic­u­lar movie but it’s clear in what you see... that he is gay. [This film] is about other things, fun­da­men­tally, but the story of Grindel­wald and Dum­ble­dore, go­ing for­ward, that is the story.”


Ed­die says film­go­ers will be sur­prised by the script. “When

I read it, it had th­ese cryptic el­e­ments to it and it played like a thriller that made it a page-turner,” he says. But it isn’t just a mag­i­cal mystery. “What I love about what [writer J.K. Rowl­ing] does is she man­ages to con­flate all th­ese dif­fer­ent gen­res into th­ese epic movies,” says Ed­die, who adds there’s a “tonal change” in this se­quel. “It’s a won­der­ful love story and peo­ple butting heads and miss­ing each other and try­ing to meet but there’s so much go­ing on around them that it’ss kikind d of a whirl­wind.”


There were calls for John­nyy to be fired from the flick, af­ter he was ac­cused of phys­i­cal and emo­tional abuse by ex-wife Am­ber Heard just prior to film­ing. g. But Johnny’s grate­ful that the pro­duc­ers and J.K. Rowl­ing stuck by him. “I’ll be hon­est with you, I felt bad for J.K. hav­ing to field all th­ese var­i­ous feel­ings from peo­ple out there. I felt bad that she had to take that.

“But ul­ti­mately, there is real con­tro­versy,” the ac­tor tells. “The fact re­mains I was falsely ac­cused, which is why I’m su­ing The Sun news­pa­per for defama­tion for re­peat­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions. J.K. has seen the ev­i­dence and there­fore knows I was falsely ac­cused, and that’s why she has pub­licly sup­ported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth.”


If you leave the flick want­ing more, don’t worry. There’s plenty more where that came from!

“As with the Har­ry­pot­ter books, it is all mapped out,” says J.K. “In fact, when we an­nounced the five films, I talked about that. It’s al­ways pos­si­ble that some de­tails will change along the way, but the arc of the story is there. It’s been an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to tell parts of the back­story that never made it into the orig­i­nal books. I’m think­ing par­tic­u­larly of one char­ac­ter that I think fans will be sur­prised to meet in this movie.”

There’s so much go­ing on... it’s kind of a whirl­wind

‘It’s a hell of a lot of fun,’ says Ed­die, who clearly had a blast with his co-star Kather­ine ‘He’s got se­crets,’ says Judee of Dum­ble­dore dore

‘When you get to swim in this world, it feels like one of the great cryp­tive and imag­i­na­tive priv­i­leges,’ Ed­die gushes The sets are as stun­ning – and sur­real – as ever Johnny de­scribes Grindel­wald as ‘child­ish’

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