EXCLUSIVE: Dan Fogler Talks Queenie and Jacob and More in “Crimes of Grindelwald” at Comic-Con!
MuggleNet had the pleasure of meeting up with Fantastic Beasts star and comic book writer Dan Fogler at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. After the spectacular events in Hall H the day before, we had a lot to discuss!
Between the entire cast making a surprise appearance – we can’t get over Jude Law – and Johnny Depp taking the stage as Grindelwald, we asked Dan what that exciting event was like for him. We discovered that the cast hadn’t seen the trailer yet either.
As insane as it was for you guys, it’s just mind-blowing for […] me. […] Just being on the stage and the vibrations of the stage and everything. And the sound. And oh my God. And we’re just seeing it for the first time too. […] We saw maybe an unfinished version of it, but wow.
The new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is a “geek fiasco,” as Ezra Miller described it, with surprises from the Mirror of Erised to Nicolas Flamel. We asked Dan what his favorite part was and which part fans should be the most excited about in anticipation of the movie.
Dan: I love the ending. I mean, I’m honored to have that whole last end part with Flamel, man. And then when they mention his name, everyone went nuts. Love that bit.
Cat: What part of the trailer should fans be most excited for?
Dan: I guess it’s that end part with Flamel. Because it’s dialogue. You get to see a piece of the movie and the pacing of it. And those scenes with Flamel are classic filmmaking.
After that cute kiss between Jacob and Queenie and the end scene in Jacob’s bustling bakery, we had to ask Dan about his character and what’s in store for Jacob in Crimes of Grindelwald. Don’t worry – Jacob and Queenie are still together! But their relationship is more complicated (as it goes with long-term relationships).
Cat: Are we going to get to see more of Jacob and Queenie together?
Dan: Yeah, I think so. Yeah. Yeah, the movie is darker. So like any relationship, they grow, they become more complex, and you’ll see them doing more relationship-type things in this, yes.
Cat: So getting along but also arguing? [laughs]
Dan: Yeah! I mean, it could be. Whatever comes with a complex relationship.
This complex relationship made us curious – how did these couples end up in Europe together when Jacob and the Goldstein sisters are from New York? How did Jacob remember his love? Dan confirmed that Jacob’s memory came back fully at the end of the last film, and this next film picks up with Jacob completely in the know and chasing down his love, Queenie.
It’s not explained exactly why, but he does have some recollection for sure, yeah. […] Everybody is chasing down their lover. So they go to crazy places to do it. All over the world.
We would be remiss if we didn’t ask Dan about working with Johnny Depp and his surprise appearance in Hall H. Dan confirmed that Jacob and Grindelwald do have a scene together.
Cat: Did you know [Johnny Depp’s appearance] was going to happen?
Dan: They told us about two seconds before, yeah, that he was coming. And we all said hi. And it was cool. Then he went on. It was wild. Yeah, they kept it pretty top secret. […] I was in one scene with him, and I got to hang out with him a little bit off camera, which was great, just shot the shit with him, basically. But that’s about it. I wish I had more scenes with him.
As the fandom continues to stir with all the surprises and casting decisions that Crimes of Grindelwald has to offer, we are looking forward to seeing what is in store for Jacob in his next adventure with Newt (and that new scary Chinese beast, the zouwu)! Be sure to read the full interview below. What is the most surprising thing Dan revealed for you? Tell us in the comments!