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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

The "Harry Potter" movies, which were released from 2001 to 2011, were extremely successful for studio Warner Bros. In all, the original films in the franchise grossed over $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office (via Fortune). Based on the best-selling book series by controversial author J.K. Rowling, the "Wizarding World" movies are part of the third highest-grossing franchise of all time, when not accounting for inflation (per The Numbers).

With that in mind, the "Fantastic Beasts" spinoff movies haven't exactly performed all that well with audiences. Sure, the first film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," grossed a healthy $814 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. However, the second film, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" grossed a less stellar $654 million, the lowest earnings of the entire franchise. It also received mixed-to-negative reviews, garnering a 36% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Still, the film did turn a profit and Warner Bros. pushed ahead with the third film, now with the title "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming film.

When will Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore release?

"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" originally had a release date of July 15, 2022, set in stone. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will now be released on April 15, 2022, instead. This puts the film on track to release just in time for the Easter holiday. Per Deadline, this particular weekend has proven to be a successful release date for Warner in the past, with hits like "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Ready Player One" opening to big numbers.

Much like its original release date of July, this is a step away from the November release that the first two films in the "Fantastic Beasts" series employed. One has to wonder if this is an attempt to help guarantee a higher gross for the third film than that of its immediate predecessor, which, again, likely did not perform to the standards that many were thinking it would. How this strategy pays off remains to be seen, but if past Warner films are any indication, this could be a smart move for the studio.

Who is in the cast for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore?

"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" is set to bring back most of the main cast from the first two films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will include Eddie Redmayne as protagonist Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. The movie will also continue the story of Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone. Once again portraying the title character of Albus Dumbledore will be Jude Law.

One big casting change is Mads Mikkelsen taking over the role of Gellert Grindelwald after replacing Johnny Depp. Other new additions to the cast announced thus far include Oliver Masucci, whose role is described as the Head of the International Confederation of Wizards. The rest of the cast not yet been announced, but that will likely change as we approach the 2022 release date for "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore."

What is the plot for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore?

Obviously, without a trailer out yet and the release date for the film still being a little way out, there's not a ton of plot information available for "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." Still, a basic premise for the third entry of five planned films has been made available. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" will pick up sometime after the second film and continue to follow Scamander and his friends as they attempt to stop Grindelwald.

Elaborating on this, Warner Bros. released an official synopsis for the film (via The Wrap). The synopsis reads, "Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald's growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?"

This synopsis, along with the title of the film, indicates that Law's Dumbledore will play a much bigger part in the movie than he did previously. Either way, fans will simply have to wait and see what "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" has in store.