In a surprising decision, acclaimed actor Johnny Depp has been signed on for the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel.
Warner Bros. have already been expanding their plans for the series, boosting the number of films we will be seeing from three to five - and now it seems they are also expanding their pool of star talent. There is no information currently on the role Depp will be playing, but there is a cameo for him planned for the first film.
It is important to note, however, that Depp faced some serious accusations of domestic abuse earlier this year - and it appears as though Hollywood is continuing its trend of glossing over the skeletons in stars’ closets to keep raking in profit. The case has since been settled, but it’s certainly something that ought to be addressed.
The series will continue to be written by J.K. Rowling, and the first two films at least will be directed by David Yates. The first film follows the story of Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander arriving in 1920’s New York and unwittingly unleashing a host of magical creatures, further straining the relationship between the wizarding community and the No-Maj (Muggle) world.
The film comes to UK cinemas later this month, on 18th November 2016.