Well if anyone thought that the Amber Heard domestic abuse scandal might hurt Johnny Depp’s career in some way, we can put that speculation to rest with this next bit of casting news. Just a few weeks before the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is scheduled to hit theatres, Depp has reportedly landed a major role in the sequel. Set approximately 70 years before the previous Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts revolves around magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne. J.K. Rowling announced earlier this month that the new series will consist of five movies, not three as was previously announced. So what character will Johnny Depp be playing? Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Johnny Depp will have a co-starring role in the currently untitled sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be once again directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling. It is believed that Depp may have a tiny cameo in the first film as well, which hits theatres on Nov. 18th. Depp’s role is currently unknown, but fans already believe that is he is likely playing Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard who was childhood friends with Dumbledore before leading a global wizarding war against Muggles in the early 1900s.
Grindelwald is shaping up to the main villain of the new film series and he previously appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, where he was played by both Michael Byrne and Jamie Campbell Bower. While it could be interesting to see Johnny Depp as a villain, it’s also an interesting role because according to Rowling, Dumbledore falls in love with Grindelwald. That being said, some fans are not happy to see Johnny Depp landing a major role in their favourite franchise. Does this news make you more or less excited for Fantastic Beasts?