The 2018 San Diego International Comic Con has come to a close but we still have TONS of news from the yearly event! The fall will bring the return of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the big screen with, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald. As part of WB’s series of panels at SDCC, the cast was on hand to answer a few questions and debut the new trailer for the film. Check out the trailer below followed by some details from the panel.
Aisha Tyler moderated a panel that featured all of the main cast for the film, except Johnny Depp. Depp ended up appearing in character halfway through the panel, and giving a monologue as Grindelwald. The majority of which was centered on the idea of him giving power to wizards, and becoming a dominant force in the Wizarding World. It was cool, but there’s still a lot of people who think Depp’s casting was a mistake. When he was given the part in the first Fantastic Beasts, he had just gone through a very public breakup with Amber Heard, who was also at the WB/DC panel for Aquaman. Having him come out in character felt like WB trying to prove he’s worthy of the role, but knowing Heard was there as well brought things down a bit.
The two other big notes from the panel were cast member Ezra Miller and some bits on Dumbledore, who will be played by Jude Law. Both cast members were part of the panel, and while the entire cast expressed their excitement over being part of the Harry Potter world, Miller was the most enthusiastic. Even the rest of the cast made comments on Ezra being the biggest fan. On top of his enthusiasm, Miller was dressed up in cosplay as Toadette from the Super Mario games. Miller has been at SDCC a lot in recent years, for Fantastic Beasts and for his role as the Flash in the DC films, and usually attends panels in cosplay.
As for Dumbledore, Law talked about the fact that this is a different version than we’ve seen before. The biggest note being that he’s much younger, at about 45 years old in Fantastic Beasts, whereas in the original Potter films he’s at least 100 years old. He also stated that he worked hard with director David Yates on crafting this version of the character. Someone who is at times manipulative, but still good hearted. He’s someone who knows how to push someone in the direction he wants them to go, especially Newt, and uses that ability a lot in the film. Law also said that the Dumbledore, as most characters in this universe, has a lot of secrets which will be revealed as time goes on.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald heads to theaters November 16th. Keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for more updates on all the big news to come out of SDCC 2018!