The production of Fantastic Beasts 3 is on hold after a positive COVID-19 test, according to Deadline. The latest installment in the series has been in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside of London.
The site posted a statement from Warner Bros. Pictures, which reads, “A team member from Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19. The diagnosis was confirmed as a result of required and ongoing testing that all production employees receive, and the team member is currently in isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Fantastic Beasts 3 paused production and will be back up in accordance with safety guidelines.”
There is no news in terms of who tested positive for COVID-19 in the cast or crew.
The journey continues as Warner Bros. Pictures’ third Fantastic Beasts film takes audiences back to the beloved Wizarding World for an all-new, globe-trotting adventure.
The latest installment of Fantastic Beasts features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, and two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley). Mads Mikkelsen recently replaced Johnny Depp in the role of Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald after the later’s legal battles.
The film reunites director David Yates and producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis, all of whom had collaborated on the previous two films in the series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger and Courtenay Valenti serve as executive producers. The screenwriters are J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves.
The release date for the third Fantastic Beasts installment is July 15, 2022 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Filming for the third installment was originally scheduled to begin on March 16, 2020, but it was delayed due to the current health crisis. Production then commenced in September.
As with the first two films, the third will take us to new continents, exploring wizarding cultures across the globe.
The first Fantastic Beasts film introduced us to American wizarding life in 1927 New York, the second took us to Paris, and Fantastic Beasts 3 will be visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Released in 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them grossed $814 million worldwide, while the 2018 sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brought in $654.9 million globally.
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