Johnny Depp to co-star in JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel

The actor, who has a cameo in the first film, will take a prominent role alongside Eddie Redmayne in the second in JK Rowling’s Potterverse franchise

Johnny Depp will play a starring role alongside Eddie Redmayne in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a children’s fantasy film set in JK Rowling’s “wizarding world”, 70 years before Harry Potter enrols at Hogwarts.

Depp also has a small cameo in the first film in the series, according to a report by Deadline. Five films are planned for the franchise, with director David Yates confirmed for the first two.

Director David Yates and actor Alison Sudol on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Director David Yates and actor Alison Sudol on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros

The movies focus on the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, the author of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is prescribed reading for students at Hogwarts, the school attended by Harry Potter in JK Rowling’s books.

The first film follows the events that unfold when some magical creatures are inadvertently released in 1920s New York.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in Australia on 17 November and in the UK and US on 18 November. The sequel is scheduled for release on 16 November 2018.

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