Fantastic Beasts 2: Johnny Depp confirmed

Apologies for the vague headline there, but this feels like the kind of detail that not everyone will want to know in advance.

Johnny Depp joined the cast of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2 last week, with an air of mystery surrounding the character he’s set to play.

That mystery has now been solved and Depp’s role revealed.

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Speaking to the Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has confirmed the theory that Depp is set to play Gellert Grindelwald in the wizarding spin-off’s sequel.

If you’re unfamiliar with the canon, Grindelwald is a dark wizard who was once very close to Albus Dumbledore. That is, until a major falling out pushed them apart and kicked off one of the biggest battles in the history of the magical world. Grindelwald is commonly referred to as the Adolf Hitler equivalent within J.K. Rowling’s Potter universe, with his duel with Dumbledore syncing up to the events of The Third Reich. “The whole principle of casting the movie was go with the best actor”, Yates said of the decision to cast Depp in this role. “Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, ‘Who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?’ ”

In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent. Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. “We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”