We reported a few days ago that Johnny Depp is set to appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and we went on to speculate that he will probably be either a young Dumbledore or bad guy Gellert Grindelwald.
And, lo, Depp is indeed playing Gellert Grindelwald, confirms director David Yates: “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.”
So now we know the franchise has it’s version of Voldemort but we’re curious about who they’ll get to play Dumbledore himself who we know will also be a character in the sequel.
So there you have it… does this make you feel relaxed? There’s been a lot of unhappy people about the casting of Depp, but so you think he’ll deliver? Let us know…
Source: The Leaky Cauldron