Johnny Depp to Star in J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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Johnny Depp will star in the sequel to upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Warner Bros., the studio handling the film, is not revealing the role that Depp will play. He’s also appearing briefly in “Fantastic Beasts,” which opens Nov. 18 and stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with David Yates directing.

“Harry Potter” author and “Fantastic Beasts” screenwriter J.K. Rowling revealed on Oct. 13 at a fan event that she’s planning on five films for the franchise. Warner Bros. Pictures had announced in August that a second movie in the “Fantastic Beasts” series was already in the works with Redmayne as the lead.

Yates is also directing the sequel from a script by Rowling with David Heyman producing. Yates said at the fan event that the second film will take place in another global capital city — not the upcoming pic’s New York City setting. “It will be very different,” Yates, who directed the final four “Harry Potter” films, added.

The “Fantastic Beasts” sequel will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. Shooting will begin next year. Release dates for the third, fourth and fifth films have not yet been set.

“Fantastic Beasts” is set in 1926 with Redmayne arriving in New York as part of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures — including some hidden in his briefcase. Chaos strikes when some of the creatures are inadvertently let loose.

Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight also star in “Fantastic Beasts.” It has not been announced if any of them will be joining the sequel.

Depp recently switched his representation from UTA to CAA. He will star for the fifth time as Capt. Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which opens May 26.

Depp is also on board Fox’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” with Josh Gad’s portraying his assistant and translator. “Orient Express” has a Nov. 17, 2017, release date.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the casting news.

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  3. Christophe says:

    Awesome! What Fantastic Best will he play?

  4. Victoria says:

    Johnny Depp is the only reason I would see Fantastic Beasts or any sequel. Interesting, fun actor. So unfortunate how many people bought the setup and lies of his evil ex. He should have taken her to court to clear his name and sued her for defamation.

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  8. IT--II--IT says:

    DEPP ain’t getting any younger

    Is he ever going to COME CLEAN on INTEL RUN Hollywood ?

    ————- – – Is he –ever– going to CALL OUT
    ————————- – – the perception management ops ?
    ——————————— – – the pornification and debasement ops ?

    ———————————————— – – the RED CHINA handover TREASON op ???

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  10. LilyS says:

    Yess, awesome, I’ll actually see this one now :)

  11. So Over Depp says:

    So, I guess karma never visits Johnny Deppp. Just more proof that Hollywood doesn’t give a flying fug about women ! Where’s the screaming ? Instead we get silence and the occasional: “Interesting casting choice.”

    • Feminismiscancer says:

      And what did he do to deserve that so-called Karma? She doesn’t have any proof against him. Maybe you should read their court docs, and both parties’ evidences that they submitted to court before blame it on him. Also, the judge agreed to drop the case with her prejudice, in a case like this, if the judge looked at the evidences and doesn’t find any real proof that he abused her, then he/she will agree to drop the case. Sinple at that. Why did it hard to understand?

    • Depp is worth $400m and she only got $7m? Amber Heard was clearly lying about the abuse, which is why she settled for so little money. The LAPD found no evidence of a crime. The bodyguards at the home at the time of the alleged incident heard her scream “Stop hitting me!” and when they ran into the room, Depp was more than 20 feet away in the kitchen cooking food. she’s a liar and was lucky to get anything.

  12. Sue says:

    I wasn’t going to watch these books to movies but NOW I AM!!!!! This has made my day.

  13. loco73 says:

    That is truly unfortunate. Personally I don’t want Johnny Depp anywhere close to this franchise…Blechhh…this isn’t good news!

  14. sarah says:

    Johnny Depp again? He may be the kiss of death for this movie.

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