Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne is in the dark over whether audiences will ever see Fantastic Beasts 4 apparate on the big screen. Speaking with Indiewire, Redmayne said that, while he hopes to one day reprise the role of magizoologist Newt Scamander, he truly does not know if the franchise will ever go beyond Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
“I don’t. It’s more a question for J. K. Rowling and David Yates and Warners, but I don’t know, I’m afraid. I can’t add to that. I love playing Newt, he’s a sweet man.”
The last time audiences delved into the Wizarding World was in this year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Dropping us in the 1930s, the story leads up to the Wizarding World’s involvement in World War II and explores the magical communities in Bhutan, Germany, and China in addition to previously established locations, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Gellert Grindelwald’s power is rapidly growing, so Albus Dumbledore entrusts Newt Scamander and his friends with a mission leading to a clash with Grindelwald’s army. Dumbledore must also decide how long he will stay on the sidelines in the approaching war.
Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise stars a large ensemble cast that includes, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Richard Coyle, and Mads Mikkelsen, among others. The sequel received mixed reviews from critics upon release, doing well financially and grossing $405 million worldwide against a $200 million budget.
The Fantastic Beasts Franchise Has Been Met With Much Controversy
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What could stop the Fantastic Beasts franchise from continuing is the various subjects of controversy that have taken place behind-the-scenes. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was already met with some criticism from fans after recasting the role of Grindelwald, replacing Johnny Depp with Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen. While Mikkelsen was widely regarded as being a better choice for the Dark Wizard villain, Depp fans have been unhappy with the Fantastic Beasts series ever since.
There is also much controversy surrounding Harry Potter creator and Fantastic Beasts writer J.K. Rowling, with her opinions being regarded as transphobic by LGBT rights activists having bought a lot of negativity. All this is without even mentioning Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller, who has exhibited all manner of erratic behavior recently — behavior which includes disorderly conduct, assault, burglary and accusations of grooming minors.
All things considered, Fantastic Beasts 4 could be something of a PR nightmare. Either that or it would require some changes behind the scenes.
The plan for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which first began with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them back in 2016, has always been to tell the story across five movies. Thanks to both the backstage issues and the fact that neither critics nor audiences have ever been endeared to the series like they were to Harry Potter, we may be waiting quite a while to see that plan realized.
Eddie Redmayne will next appear alongside Jessica Chastain in the crime drama The Good Nurse, which is due to land on Netflix on October 26.