Warner Bros. have postponed filming for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3 after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Deadline, a Warner Bros. spokesperson stated, “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.” The spokesperson added that the production has been paused out of an abundance of caution.
The Harry Potter spin-off, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, is being shot at Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
Precisely how long production will be on hold is not specified but we can expect filming to cease for at least two weeks since that has been the standard duration on other sets. If there are no other positive tests after that then filming will likely resume.
Fantastic Beasts 3 was originally set to commence filming in March 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic prompted Warner Bros to postpone until September.
The Studio almost immediately stopped filming again when the movie had a massive cast change.
Johnny Depp agreed to leave his role as Grindelwald following his legal issues with ex-wife Amber Heard. Filming was put on pause while a new actor was found.
Mads Mikkelsen was then cast to take on the role of Grindelwald, and it finally seemed that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3 could really get to work.
Originally scheduled for release in November of 2020, Fantastic Beasts 3 is now set to open July 15, 2022 with the latest setback unlikely to affect the release date.