"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" which was initially announced as a trilogy, has been expanded to five movies.
Author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling made the announcement at a live fan event on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
“I can say one thing, we were doing some script sessions the other day and we always knew it was going to be one movie. We always knew that from the start. We said a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie. Now I think we can say, I’ve done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies," Rowling said.
The first prequel is produced by David Heyman, who produced all eight of "Harry Potter" films, and stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" also stars Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan and Faith Wood-Blagrove.
The anticipated prequel is set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
The second instalment is set to be released on November 16, 2018, followed by the third instalment on November 20, 2020.