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David Yates to Direct All 5 Fantastic Beasts Films

Warner Bros. has already found a director for the four planned sequels to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- and the studio didn't have to look for.

"Harry Potter" veteran David Yates, who helmed the first "Fantastic Beasts," revealed to The Hollywood Reporter he's committed to the entire franchise. “I love making films," he said, "and I’ve got a great team, all of whom are like family."

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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with "Fantastic Beasts," also intends to return for the sequels. She's currently polishing the script for the sequel.

A veteran film and television director, Yates rose to mainstream prominence with the "Harry Potter" series, helming "The Order of the Phoenix," "The Half-Blood Prince," and "The Deathly Hallows" Parts 1 and 2.

“Fantastic Beasts” follows preeminent magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who arrives in 1926 New York City, where something mysterious leaves a path of destruction through the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding world to the Second Salemers, a radical group of No-Majs (the American term for Muggles) determined to eradicate them. The situation is further complicated when an unsuspecting No-Maj opens Newt’s leather case, releasing his collection of magical specimens into a city already in edge. Now it’s up to Newt and his newfound allies to recapture the creatures, even as their mission places them on a collision course with dark forces.

Opening Nov. 18, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight.

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