Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
– Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore film synopsis
Set in the early 1930s, just a few years after the events of Crimes of Grindelwald, the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series began filming in September 2020 after a long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been reported that filming took place at least partially in Berlin, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Bhutan, China, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In November 2020, Johnny Depp resigned from his role of Gellert Grindelwald and Mads Mikkelsen was selected to replace him. In early 2021, both Richard Coyle and Oliver Masucci revealed that they are part of the cast. Masucci announced he will be playing the Head of the International Confederation of Wizards, while Coyle will play the role of Aberforth Dumbledore. In December 2021, Brazilian actress Maria Fernanda Cândido announced that she would be playing a character named Vicência Santos. Filming was set to wrap up the first week of February 2021 until a member of the cast tested positive for COVID and production was halted. Filming instead wrapped up later that month.