HARRY POTTER director DAVID YATES has confirmed reports suggesting JOHNNY DEPP will portray the villain Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.
News of the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s involvement in the movie leaked earlier this month (Nov16), and the film’s producer David Heyman was gutted because he wanted to keep it a secret.
He says, “It’s very hard to keep secrets these days and especially something like that. When he (Depp) came to Leavesden (studio) we filmed for two days… It was mad.”
And Yates tells WENN why he jumped at the chance to get Depp involved: “The whole principle of casting the movie was go for the best actors. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we started to approach Grindelwald we thought, ‘Who’s gonna take this in an interesting direction?’
“In this business you’re a star one week and not the next but no one takes away your pure talent. And Johnny Depp is a real artist and he’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant actor. We were excited to see what he would do with this kind of character.
“He’s fearless. He’s imaginative. He’s ambitious. We thought he’d do something full-on special, so we went to him purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”
Yates has also revealed he’d like Jared Harris to take on the role of Grindelwald’s nemesis, Professor Dumbledore, in the film. The future Hogwarts wizard was played by Harris’ late father, Richard Harris, in the first two Harry Potter movies.
He also confirmed to WENN the sequel will be set in Paris and London, but adds, “I’m not quite sure where Jo (screenwriter J.K. Rowling) is setting the rest of the movies. I think they’ll be European-centric but I’m not sure yet because it’s still buzzing in her head. The Caribbean would be good!”