Fantastic Beasts: Johnny Depp Will Reportedly Play Grindelwald

Darren Sullivan
November 9, 2016

He's ambitious. We thought he'd do something fun and special.

The news was confirmed by Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts director David Yates via Screen Rant during a press roundtable.

Now that there will probably be five Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, it makes sense that the plots will be more intricate, and that we might see more characters we recognize. And as we started to approach Grindelwald we thought, 'Who's gonna take this in an interesting direction?' Currently. But we love the beasts so much.

We have already had one piece of casting news for Fantastic Beasts 2, with Johnny Depp signing on for a mystery role, with speculation pointing to the character of Gallert Grindelwald, a former friend of Dumbledore's who went on to become one of the most unsafe Dark Wizards of all time.

Last week Warner Bros. made the rather surprising announcement: Depp, soon to reprise his Captain Jack Sparrow role for the fifth time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, would have a cameo in Fantastic Beasts and go on to a larger role in the second film.

"The whole principal of casting the movie was go with the best actor", he explained. He's a really brilliant, brilliant actor and we were excited about seeing what he would do with this kind of character.

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The first "Fantastic Beasts" movie opens Friday, November 18. Now if only we knew which actor was actually slipping into Albus Dumbledore's wizarding robes. We know that J.K. Rowling has mapped out the story for four additional films, and that Johnny Depp has reportedly been cast in part two.

David Yates: Grindelwald's an iconic character, so I think it was important to have someone who's got that weight.

Producer David Heyman hinted that Depp's character will play a major role in the forthcoming sequel.

"We do go back to the U.K.in the second film as well-it's United Kingdom and Paris". "There's a reason why he has that weight". "In the second movie Dumbledore comes back", said Yates."He's got a couple of good scenes with Newt ..." But it's also the beast in each of us. It's very possible Depp's character could be the big bad of the Fantastic Beasts saga.

While there may be some fans who are concerned by the casting of Johnny Depp, there is also still plenty of excitement for the five planned films in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.