This past year has largely been a gamble when it came to filming. Movie studios were forced to push back release dates and many movies had to stop filming completely, sending production schedules into a downward spiral. the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3 recently hit the affected list once again after a cased of COVID-19 was found on set.
Fantastic Beasts 3, which was set to come out in 2022, has had to pause production once again due to a crew member testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The filming for the third installment of the Harry Potter spin-off franchise, which was taking place in Hertfordshire and starring Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne, will now have to wait.
The news comes to us from a source at Deadline, which noted that the filming for Fantastic Beasts 3, which was taking place in London, had to pause once again after a member on the crew came back with a positive test. As of right now, the public is unsure whether the person that came back with the positive test is a member of the production crew or a member of the cast.
However, what is known is that fears are mounting around set due to the new South African virus variant.
A recent statement from Warner Bros. said briefly, “A team member from Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19.”
They also wrote in a statement that, “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.”
As many Fantastic Beasts fans know, this is not the first time that the production for the movie has had to move past the hurdle of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In March of 2020, during the very first day of principal photography, Warner Bros. was given the mandate to shut down all production because of the pandemic.
It wasn’t until late in September that the crew was given the green light to begin filming again.
In similar news, the Harry Potter universe production has been quite difficult for a number of reasons, one being the fact that Johnny Depp had to resign from his Grindelwald role this past Autumn after shooting a single scene while over in the UK.
Once Depp left his role as the Dark Wizard, he was quickly replaced by Mads Mikkelsen, better known for his roles in Doctor Strange and Hannibal. However, this sudden change in casting pushed the release date back even further from November 2021 to the summer of 2022.
Mikkelsen seemed very excited about his new role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, stating publicly, “I haven’t been working since March because of lockdown. All of a sudden this came along and I thought it was perfect… I like that universe.”
Tina Goldstein actress, Katherine Waterston, is now encouraging Fantastic Beasts fans to be patient, as the wait will be well worth it thanks to the many surprises.