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As soon as Warner Bros. dropped the enormous casting bombshell that Johnny Depp will be appearing in their upcoming franchise, Potterheads all over the world swamped the net with speculations that the Hollywood star will be playing Gellert Grindelwald.

However, following on from a cryptic interview with Ezra Miller on the other day and from our own guesswork, it has now been officially confirmed that will be playing the dark wizard Grindelwald.

Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai' | Lionsgate
Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai' | Lionsgate

In an interview with The Leaky Cauldron, director David Yates finally revealed the casting details, saying:

"The whole principle of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, 'Who's going to take this in an interesting direction? We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He's fearless; he's imaginative; he's ambitious."

Due to this, Johnny Depp stood out from the crowd as their No. 1 choice:

"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."

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Although rumors have been whirling over our heads regarding this for quite some time, it appears that even the cast of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast were similarly shocked by official revelations. At a press event last Saturday, Katherine Waterstone (who plays Tina Goldstein) said:

"I found out when the world found out. If you're not in a scene with someone you don't know… I think I was the last to know that Johnny Depp was in the movie. Eddie [Redmayne] knows a little bit more than the rest of us."

However, if Redmayne has a lot more information, he's hiding it very well. All the British actor added to the conversation was:

"I did know when we came to shoot that moment."

As for Colin Farrell, who is rumored to have closer ties to the character of Gellert Grindelwald according to a number of wild fan theories, he's admitted that he actually never once shared screen time with Depp during production. He said:

"I didn't get to work with him, so it was something that existed completely separate from me. I never had any scenes with him, so yeah, I think he came in way after I had finished."

How do you think Johnny Depp will cameo as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts?

(Source: ET Online)


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