FANTASTIC BEASTS and HARRY POTTER creators talks casting and sequel characters in a new interview!
WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and its sequel.
Lots of new details about the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise are being confirmed thanks to The Leaky Cauldron!
First off, the interview confirms what fans have already suspected: Johnny Depp’s character is indeed the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. He filmed a cameo for the first movie and will be a more prominent character starting with the sequel.
”It was completely bonkers,” said producer David Heyman. “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.”
Director David Yates dismissed concerns about Depp’s casting by describing the film industry as a “weird old business.”
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,” Yates said. “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.”
The two also confirmed that we’ll be seeing Albus Dumbledore once again!
“No it’s not going to be Michael Gambon,” said Yates. “No, we need a younger Dumbledore.”
We’re getting some news on the location of the second film, which takes the series back to Europe.
Yates told the publication: “We do go back to the U.K. in the second film as well–it’s U.K. and Paris. I’m not sure where Jo is setting the rest of the movies, but they’ll be European-centric.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.