Los Angeles, September 22: The third installment in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff "Fantastic Beasts" has been titled "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" and also set a release date of April 15, 2022.
The previous "Fantastic Beasts" film "The Crimes of Grindelwald" performed brilliantly at the box office and the expectations will be higher from the next film in this fantasy film series directed by David Yates. The new "Fantastic Beasts" film will revolve around Albus Dumbledore, a famous Harry Potter figure that many original Potter fans will always line up to see more of.
Things will be a little bit different in Fantastic Beasts 3 on the casting front as Johnny Depp who was a part of the franchise's second film is no longer a part of the third film. Mads Mikkelsen will step in for Johnny Depp in this entry. Depp was originally a part of the film but was dropped after he lost his libel case against The Sun tabloid over a 2018 article alleging he was a "wife-beater".
With respect to Depp's departure, Warner Bros. issued this statement last year which read, "Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022".
Warner Bros. had earlier scheduled "Fantastic Beasts 3" for July 15, 2022 release but now moved it up on April 15. Unlike Warner Bros.' day and date release on HBO Max for its 2021 slate, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" will be an exclusive theatrical release, as the studio has already confirmed it.
An American and British co-production, "The Secrets of Dumbledore" stars an ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Jude Law, and Mads Mikkelsen.