A team member on the set of Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Warner Bros. to halt production on the third film in the franchise.
The third Fantastic Beasts movie was just days away from wrapping, but filming has now been temporarily paused until the environment is safe for all members of the cast and crew. Warner Bros. confirmed the news in an official statement, which you can read below:
“A team member from Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19. 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.”
This isn’t the first time Warner Bros. has had to shut-down production on one of their movies. Last year production on Matt Reeves’ The Batman had to be halted when the films star, Robert Pattinson, tested positive for COVID-19.
We can only hope that everyone working on the third Fantastic Beasts movie is safe and well, and that production won’t be shut-down for too long.
The third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise is currently scheduled for release next summer. The film will see the return of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Ezra Miller as Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander.
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