Thursday, November 08, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald World Premiere Dazzles in Paris

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Today, the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald kicked off in Paris. A massive wand installation lined the streets of Paris at UGC Ciné Cité Bercy, as fans gathered to see the cast and author walk the red carpet.

All of the biggest stars from the film were on-hand to celebrate the film's theatrical release - Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Zoe Kravitz, Claudia Kim, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Jude Law, director David Yates, producer David Heyman, and author J.K. Rowling.

To note, a few actors such as Brontis Jodorowsky and William Nadylam were also in attendance but weren't featured in the livestream premiere Q&A. And in a surprising move, Johnny Depp did not attend the premiere even though he has starred in promos for the upcoming film so far.

Check out all of the red carpet looks and what the cast had to say about the exciting premiere behind the cut! This post is spoiler-free! Hope you enjoy!

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Eddie Redmayne welcomed the fans and described the next venture in Newt Scamander's journey as exciting - his relationships with other characters whether they are a friend or foe are getting deeper and every person he has a connection with is totally unique. Of course, it was a blast to work with new creatures like kelpies and baby nifflers.

Dan Fogler stole our hearts as the charming No-Maj caught up in Newt's escapades in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Returning for the second film Fogler described the friendship between the two as a lot of fun and Jacob becomes a bigger confidante for Newt as the feud between Dumbledore and Grindelwald grows.

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Ezra Miller donned the red carpet wearing a large inflatable black dress and cape. In talking about the next part of Credence's journey, he revealed that his character is still trying to figure out who is as the powers of being an Obscurus begins to take its toll - even though he has achieved a degree of agency with his abilities in terms of controlling when he can change, his vulnerabilities emotionally and physically comes at a cost.

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One of the most popular characters from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is without Queenie Goldstein. On the red carpet, Alison said that Queenie wants more than anything to find a family and wants love. She thought she found that with Jacob but Tina didn't quite approve of her relationship with a No-Maj and now is is realizing how gifted and powerful she is. Queenie becomes an example that what is different isn't necessarily bad, but that can be quite dangerous especially for those who don't have good intentions.

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Katherine Waterston gave us a quick update on Tina's journey alongside Newt's, and to say the least - it's complicated. Tina has been reinstated as an auror but her relationship with Newt is rocky - it's hard to stop in the middle of saving the world to try to have a cup of tea and talk to each other about their relationship. Right now, the big reason everyone journeys to Paris for Credence, and it's a very personal story for Tina who is committed to helping out the fellow orphan who was abused by MaryLou Barebone in the first film.

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For the first Fantastic Beasts sequel, Jude Law won the role of playing a younger version of Albus Dumbledore. The actor described that he feels an immense responsibility to the two actors who played the older version of Albus in the Harry Potter - Richard Harris and Michael Gambon - but that it has been a real treat to explore the younger man's complexities and journey for The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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Not much is known about Leta Lestrange except for her ties to both Newt Scamander and her brother Theseus. We briefly learned that there is a love triangle going on between the three of them as herself and Newt were friends during their time at Hogwarts, but there was a falling out and she is now engaged to his brother. She described Leta as a layered character who has to come to terms with her feelings and where she fits into what is going on between the three of them and the wizarding world.

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Claudia Kim debut into the Fantastic Beasts phenomena is an unforgettable moment in the wizarding world. In speaking about her character she said that she relates to Credence's loneliness in searching for her identity, and he encourages her to leave the circus and cherishes the freedom she gets with him to motivate her to go on. Kim also described that love and friendship are huge themes throughout Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and fear now comes apart of those themes and forces the characters to make a choice.

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Author J.K. Rowling was on hand at the premiere of the series. When asked what made her return to the series and continue the journey, she remarked that the loyal fanbase who love to see the stories and characters grow was a big motivation. She said that one of her favorite parts of this next film is starting the Fantastic Beasts series predating Harry Potter but also mixing elements from the Harry Potter into the spin-off.

Even though Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in Paris, producer David Heyman revealed some unexpected trivia that much of the second film was not filmed in the city of lights - instead it was filmed at Leavesden Studios, home to the Harry Potter films. He said that the combination of Stuart Craig as production designer, Colleen Atwood as costume designer, and a host of many talented crewmembers really makes the production a patchwork effort to create the film we will see in cinemas.

Remember Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released into theaters nationwide in the U.S. November 16th and around the world. 

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