Deadline has confirmed that Johnny Depp has signed on for an unknown leading role in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – and the first installment hasn’t even hit cinemas yet.
The huge casting news just goes to show Warner Bros confidence in it’s latest franchise – but then again how could it not considering it’s record-breaking Harry Potter franchise that shares the same world.
Despite Fantastic Beasts set to make a lot less at the box office compared to it’s Harry Potter predecessor, studio execs are clearly anticipating a financial wind-fall by already signing up someone of Depp’s caliber; an actor who can command upwards of $40 million a movie.
Any concrete news regarding Depp’s character is probably locked away in Gringotts Bank, rumours have suggested the three time Oscar-nominee could set to play legendary dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, the mysterious and infamous villain rarely seen in the Harry Potter films.
Though Johnny Depp has been confirmed for a major role in the 2018 sequel, he could also make a cameo in this month’s Fantastic Beasts, something that would surely help drum up ticket sales for the sequel.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous wizarding writer Newt Scamander, taking place in New York almost 70 years before the events depicted in the Harry Potter franchise – Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton also star.