Even before the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18, talks about the sequel have been circulating online. In addition to this, news about Johnny Depp being cast as Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts 2 broke and fans are going wild.
Director David Yates, director of the final four Harry Potter films and now Fantastic Beasts, confirmed the making of its sequel as well as Depp?s casting himself. He revealed that Depp will be playing Gellert Grindelwald, former close friend of Albus Dumbledore during their teenage years. Grindelwald ended up leaving with the Elder Wand. This took place after the death of Dumbledore?s sister, which led to the development of Grindelwald?s dark side, which means he will be the main villain of this new franchise.
Yates spoke with TheLeakyCauldron and revealed why Depp should play Grindelwald: ?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?? 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.?
Despite what Yate said about Depp, most fans seem to not be happy about the announcement. Some are even taking it to twitter to express their disappointment. See some of the posts below.
I'm livid about the Johnny Depp casting. It's revealed that you attacked and abused your wife and then you get this? No. Absolutely not.
— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) November 2, 2016
Joining in on letting @jk_rowling know how disappointed I am that Johnny Depp will be appearing in the fantastic beasts series.
— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) November 2, 2016
While some may not like Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 2, the production will continue. Director David Yates, Producer David Heyman and Author J.K. rowling will make sure this series reaches Harry Potter?s success.
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