Warner Bros. Suspends ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Shoot After Crew Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

Warner Bros. has paused its shoot for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3” after an unspecified crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

“A team member from Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19,” said a Warner Bros. statement. “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.”

The “Harry Potter” spinoff was in production at the Warner Bros. studio facility in Leavesden, U.K. It was due to begin filming in March 2020, but the first wave of the pandemic pushed shooting back to September.

Johnny Depp was asked to step aside from the role of Grindenwald after he lost his libel case against U.K. tabloid The Sun, which claimed he was a wife beater. He was replaced by “Another Round” actor Mads Mikkelsen.

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