Just last week it was announced Johnny Depp would be joining the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
And now we know what part he will be playing, as some Anglo readers guessed in the comments section on Facebook: Gellert Grindelwald, the former friend and lover of Albus Dumbledore. He eventually becomes his nemesis.
Director David Yates confirmed the news just yesterday (November 8) when talking to The Leaky Cauldron, saying, “The whole principal of casting the movie was go with the best actor. 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?'”
Yates talked about ultimately deciding on Depp, saying, “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.”
It’s been mentioned Grindelwald will make a brief appearance in this year’s release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, premiering on November 18. But seeing him in full force will have to wait for the 2018 Fantastic Beasts sequel. With that said, Grindelwald isn’t the only iconic character to return, with Dumbledore also confirmed for the sequel.
Another update was revealed in the talk with Yates, the sequel will return to the U.K. and also see the wizarding world make a visit to Paris, France. We’ll get that armchair traveler fix in the follow-up.
As you know from earlier posts, Eddie Redmayne is set to play the unregistered wizard Newt Scamander, just arriving to NYC.
Remember that time when Redmayne went to wand school?:
Redmayne is joined by Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell.
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