Fantastic Beasts 2 Casts Its Villain and Searches for Dumbledore

first_img Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t even hit theaters until next weekend, but plans for the sequel are already underway. Well, sequels, I should say. There are now five installments planned. (We’ll have to wait and see if that remains the case or if they’ll break up the final movie into a two-parter because Hollywood just loves them some two-parters.) Even though we haven’t seen the first one yet, there’s already some big casting news for Fantastic Beasts 2, or whatever it ends up being called.The first is that Johnny Depp has officially been confirmed to play Gellert Grindlewald, according to The Leaky Cauldron. Most fans may remember Grindlewald as the man Voldemort killed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when he refused to give up information about the Elder Wand.Grindlewald will likely be the main villain of Fantastic Beasts 2: Expelliarmus Boogaloo. As those up on their Potter lore know, Grindlewald was a powerful dark wizard who wanted to use the Deathly Hallows to lead a revolution and get rid of the International Statute of Secrecy. Albus Dumbledore was part of his revolution until things got way out of hand and Dumbledore eventually had to fight and defeat Grindlewald in a wizard duel. That’s probably going to be the plot of the fifth movie if I had to guess.Possibly a shot of Grindlewald from the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube).Yates told The Leaky Cauldron that Depp was cast because he would take the character in an interesting direction. “He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special,” Yates said.Speaking of Dumbledore, though, Yates also said a young Albus would make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Search for Curly’s Galleons. They haven’t cast the role yet, but Yates says they’re actively looking. Richard Harris’s son Jared Harris has been considered, and Yates called him “a fine actor,” but no decision has been made yet. Yates even asked for suggestions. That sounds like an open door, so who would you like to see play a young Albus Dumbledore? Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Stay on targetlast_img