The film is the second of five "Fantastic Beasts" adventures set in author J.K. Rowling's "Wizarding World," which began with the "Harry Potter" films back 2002.
Here's the official synopsis:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
In addition to Depp and Law, the movie sees the return of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo and Ezra Miller. Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie and Poppy Corby-Tuech also star.
The film, directed by David Yates and using a screenplay written by Rowling herself, has already faced its fair share of backlash leading up to the first footage.
First, fans took issue with the filmmakers keeping Depp as Grindelwald, despite the domestic abuse allegations that came out during the actor's very messy and very public divorce from Amber Heard. Twitter also went wild when Yates said Dumbledore wouldn't be "explicitly" gay in the new movie, despite Rowling revealing she always thought the character was gay in 2007.