Depp joins se­quel to ‘Fan­tas­tic Beasts’

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — Los An­ge­les Times

Johnny Depp is headed to the wiz­ard­ing world. The ac­tor has been cast in the se­quel to “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” along­side Ed­die Red­mayne.

Re­cently re­vealed as the first of a five-film se­ries, “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” stars Red­mayne as Newt Sca­man­der, a Bri­tish wizard and ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist who comes to 1926 New York, un­aware of the ris­ing ten­sion be­tween the mag­i­cal com­mu­nity and the No-Majs. It will be the first on-screen por­trayal of the wiz­ard­ing world in North Amer­ica.

Depp, who most re­cently was seen repris­ing his role as the Mad Hat­ter in “Alice Through the Look­ing Glass,” will ap­pear in a cameo in “Fan­tas­tic Beasts.” No de­tails about his char­ac­ter have been re­vealed.

“Fan­tas­tic Beasts” takes its ti­tle from a Hog­warts text­book about mag­i­cal crea­tures writ­ten by Sca­man­der. The real-life ver­sion of the fic­tional book was pub­lished in 2001, writ­ten by “Harry Pot­ter” se­ries author J.K. Rowl­ing in Sca­man­der’s name.

Di­rected by David Yates, “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” marks Rowl­ing’s screen­writ­ing de­but. The film hits the­aters Nov. 18.

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Johnny Depp is set to ap­pear in the sec­ond of five “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” movies. The first film opens Nov. 18.

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