“Fantastic Beasts 3” will premiere on HBO Max next week, the streamer announced Monday.
As expected, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” will be available to all HBO Max subscribers 45 days after its first theatrical release, landing on the streaming service on May 30.
The third installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise delves deeper into the backstory of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) as the evil Gellert Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen in a revamp after the Johnny Depp exit) amasses his strengths.
Unable to stop Grindelwald alone, Dumbledore entrusts magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a fearless team of wizards, witches and a brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter beasts old and new and clash with the growing legion of Grindelwald followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore stay on the sidelines?
The film serves as both a course correction and an abrupt conclusion to the series, which was originally slated to span five feature films. Beset by a lower-than-expected box office for every entry (“Dumbledore’s Secrets” brought in half of the previous episode’s worldwide box office) and the increasingly controversial nature of the series’ creator and writer JK Rowling, “Dumbledore’s Secrets” feels like it undoes some of the plot twists of the previous installment while bringing things to a place where, if this is the end of the road for the franchise, there is at least one conclusive character in the character story arcs.
“Fantastic Beasts 3” is the second major new release from Warner Bros. to head to HBO Max 45 days after its first theatrical release, following the streaming debut of the hit superhero reboot “The Batman” in April.
“Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” also stars Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner and Aleksandr Kuznetsov.
The film was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by JK Rowling & Steve Kloves, based on a screenplay by JK Rowling. The film was produced by David Heyman, JK Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis. Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.