Captain Jack Sparrow, meet Harry Potter.
According to Deadline, Johnny Depp will have a co-starring role in the second movie in the "Fantastic Beasts" series. They added that you might even be able to spot Depp in a cameo in the first movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which opens November 18.
The site had no further details on Depp's role, they just "confirmed" that he would be in the sequel, which David Yates will direct early next year with Eddie Redmayne returning as Newt Scamander.
Author J.K. Rowling recently revealed that the "Fantastic Beasts" trilogy would actually be a five-film series set before the time of Harry Potter. The cast of the first film talked a bit more about that at EW Pop Fest, teasing what's ahead in the "epic" larger story of "good versus evil."
At a fan event in early October, it was revealed that the sequel setting will shift to a new prominent city other than New York City, and Grindelwald "is going to become a much more prominent part of the story going forward."
Speaking of Grindelwald, first film co-star Ezra Miller just shared a video tying "Fantastic Beasts" to the universe of the "Harry Potter" books, through that powerful dark wizard:
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 1, 2016
What does any of this have to do with Johnny Depp? No idea yet.You don't think he's Grindelwald, do you?
UPDATE: Yes, apparently he is Grindelwald, and you can see his head in a recent behind-the-scenes featurette.
Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Read More