The film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne doesn’t come out for another two weeks. We don’t know if it will be good or if it will be a giant steaming pile of Snorkack crap. But since history has shown that anything written by J.K. Rowling usually ends up making billions of dollars, Hollywood has several sequels planned for Fantastic Beasts. Deadline has learned that one of the roles in Fantastic Beasts 2: Magical Find-aloo will be played by real-life Rowling universe character cosplayer Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a one-book spin-off of the Harry Potter series, but it will be made into at least three (but probably more like five) films. Deadline doesn’t know who Johnny Depp will play in said sequel or if he’ll appear in more than one film. (Grindewald, maybe?) The Hollywood Reporter says that Johnny Depp’s character pops up in a cameo in the first Fantastic Beasts film, which opens on November 18th. Somewhere Tim Burton is reading the news that Johnny Depp got a job playing another kooky character in a film set in a surreal world and started nervously convincing himself that Johnny hasn’t forgotten about him.
Based on my extended knowledge of Fantastic Beasts (from watching the trailer twice), I know that it’s basically a Harry Potter-themed episode of Pokemon set in 1920s New York. So my guess is that Johnny was hired for his looks and will be playing some sort of illegal magic reptile dealer who only accepts unmarked sickles (“No paper trail, man.”). Or maybe Johnny Depp will be playing one of the actual fantastic beasts? Behold, the Unwashed Silver-Studded Scarfweasle. Don’t get too close, he’s been known to go wild on other humans.