The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently scheduled to be released on November 16, 2018. While that is not the latest news, the casting of Johnny Depp has created a lot of buzz. Why Johnny Depp? What role will he be portraying? Who chose him to be part of the cast?
Firstly, why Johnny Depp? Some of you may be asking that question and Director David Yates has answered that. In a recent interview, Yates said, “Johnny Depp is a real artists. 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 don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”
It is hard to argue that Johnny Depp isn’t an interesting actor, he certainly is, but is he right for the role that have given him. That brings us to the second question: what role will he be portraying? While we still don’t know who will be chosen to portray young Albus Dumbledore, we know that Johnny Depp will have the role of young Gellert Grindelwald. Producer David Heyman spoke about the decision, “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.”
So we know why Johnny Depp was chosen and who he will be portraying, but who chose him for the role? J.K. Rowling herself, of course, or at least had the final say on the decision. J.K. Rowling spoke on the matter, “I didn’t approach him - although he was approached with my full blessing, because I thought he’d be amazing in the part. I can’t say much, because there are surprises in the movie, but I’m really happy with his performance and I think the fans will be, too.”
However, fans don’t seem too excited about the decision to cast Johnny Depp. One Twitter user stated, “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.” Another person wrote, “Joining in on letting @jk_rowling know how disappointed I am that Johnny Depp will be appearing in the fantastic beasts series.” It is evident that fans are not happy about the actor being associated with the Harry Potter universe after recent events in his personal life.
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