There are still eight months to go until聽Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in theaters, but the first trailer聽is already here,聽and it promises an聽action-packed and magical sequel to the beloved original.

The follow-up聽to 2016鈥檚 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them聽heads back to Europe to follow聽Dumbledore (Jude Law)鈥檚聽attempt to find and stop Gellert聽Grindelwald (Johnny Depp)鈥檚 evil scheming.聽Eddie Redmayne聽also returns聽in his starring role as聽Newt Scamander, alongside other familiar聽characters including Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and an excitable Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Zoe Kravitz聽joins the franchise as the mysterious Leta Lestrange.

The Fantastic Beasts sequel is one of the most anticipated releases of 2018, but it was also met with some controversy last year when Depp was revealed to be reprising his role聽after facing accusations of domestic violence against his ex聽Amber Heard. (Depp denied the allegations, and he and Heard reached a settlement in 2016.)聽Franchise聽and screenplay author J.K. Rowling聽defended聽the decision to keep聽him in the film,聽but many fans were 鈥 and still are 鈥 upset by it.

Probably not coincidentally, Depp is hardly visible in the first trailer聽鈥 we just see a brief glimpse of his character being transported and looking worse for the wear.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald聽is in theaters聽November 16, 2018. In the meantime, check out the new trailer above.

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