Cat’s out of the bag, Johnny Depp is in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
With the film’s world debut just around the corner, pre-screenings have already begun. News leaked Tuesday of Depp’s cameo appearance near the end of the film. Just a few weeks ago, Fantastic Beasts announced that it would become a five-film franchise and I gave my (widely accepted) speculation about the background story about Grindelwald’s rise to power.
But what role will Depp play?
Some news outlets speculate Grindelwald, but I’m on the fence about such an idea. Although I don’t doubt his talent and love his work, I can’t deny a slight disappointment in casting such a ‘celebrity’ for this part. Also, Deadline reported the exclusive that Depp will be “playing a co-starring role in the sequel” along Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander. Which tells me that the chances of Depp playing Grindelwald is slim since Newt is more associated with the workings of Dumbledore than the evil-doings of Grindelwald. Maybe Depp will play a younger version of Dumbledore? I think he could definitely bring the eccentricities of a young-Dumbledore to life.
I guess we will all just have to wait until November 18 to see Depp’s cameo and find out his character!