Some minor spoilery stuff in here for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Turn away if you don’t want to know who Depp is going to be revealed as in the upcoming film.
Just a little while ago, it was revealed Johnny Depp would be joining the Fantastic Beasts series adding more star power to the cast, set to have a small cameo in the upcoming first film, and a larger role in the subsequent sequels.
I speculated that Depp might end up being the series over-arching bad guy, and it seems that might be the case. Speaking to The Leaky Cauldron, director David Yates confirmed Depp would be playing Gellert Grindelwald. He said:
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.
In case you don’t know, Grindelwald is a wizard from the Harry Potter lore, who wanted to reveal the Wizarding World to muggles, and take them over by use of magic. Depp can certainly do some scenery chewing, so hopefully he is let off the leash, just a little.