Last week, we learned that Johnny Depp joined Fantastic Beasts 2 & now his role has been revealed – we will see Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the sequel.
Director, David Yates and Heyday Films’ founder David Heyman confirmed Depp’s role during an interview with The Leaky Cauldron, they also revealed why he is the right actor for the role and more about the sequel:
“We filmed early. I was amazed. It was completely bonkers. I was convinced it [would be leaked] you can keep very few secrets nowadays, especially something like that! When he came to Leavesden and we filmed for two days…and it didn’t come out. That’s mad,” said Heyman.
Yates 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.”
Heyman adds, “Grindelwald is an iconic character, so it was important to have someone who had that weight. There’s a reason why he has that weight.
It’s because, you know, he’s a fine actor who makes unexpected choices.”
David Yates goes on to give a brief information about the sequel, “Currently the beasts feature slightly less in the second film, and Grindelwald takes more of a foreground.
Currently. But we love the beasts so much. There’s an amazing beast in the second movie–a Chinese beast, actually–that is featured.
We’re exploring how we can get a couple more beasts into the second film, with Jo.”
Heyman had a more philosophical answer: “In a way the beasts are the creatures in the case. But it’s also the beast in each of us. […] I think beasts will continue to play a part in some score.
It’s also so much a part of what Jo writes about. It’s the consequences of repression.”
The first film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Elizabeth Moynihan, Christine Marzano, Denis Khoroshko, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo.
Directed by David Yates, screenplay by J. K. Rowling.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to be released on November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX 4K Laser format.