A BEAST OF A MOVIE
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...
IT’S PACKED PACK WITH A-LISTERS A-LIS
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.
THINGS ARE GOING TO GET SEXY BETWEEN JOHNNY AND JUDE!
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.”
IT WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING...
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.”
IT’S ALREADY CAUSING CONTROVERSY!
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.”
THIS IS JUST THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF FIVE MOVIES
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’