Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the Harry Potter series prequel/spinoff written by the Wizarding World creator herself, J.K. Rowling – is the next major tentpole on the horizon, following the release of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in U.S. theaters. Early box office tracking for the new Wizarding World adventure is robust enough to suggest that Warner Bros. Pictures wasn’t being overly-presumptious in officially announcing a 2018 theatrical release date for a Fantastic Beasts sequel (one that, like its predecessor, is being written by Rowling and will be directed by David Yates).
It remains to be seen if Rowling’s official plans to write five Fantastic Beasts movies total actually comes to fruition but again; unless Fantastic Beasts significantly performs below the current box office expectations, it seems safe to assume that the sequel is going to happen. We even have our first proper casting news for the next Fantastic Beasts movie, concerning an unexpected A-list addition to the franchise.
Deadline is reporting that Johnny Depp is playing a co-starring role in the Fantastic Beasts movie sequel, though details beyond that (like, exactly who he’s playing) are being kept under-wraps for the time being. The Deadline article also claims that Depp may appear in a “tiny turn” (read: cameo appearance) in the first Fantastic Beasts film, meaning fans may not have to wait very long to find out more about who the actor will be portraying in the Wizarding World.