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Johnny Depp joins Fantastic Beasts sequel

Some castings just seem perfect, and Johnny Depp falling in-line with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is certainly one of them. According to recent reports, Depp will be joining the cast of the next Harry Potter spin-off sequel, which will be a follow-up to the upcoming blockbuster “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

Apparently the casting had been settled for a few months now, Depp’s involvement with the franchise even begins with the upcoming “Fantastic Beast” film set to release in November. Depp will only be a short cameo in the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, but the fact that the studio has been able to keep his involvement in the matter a secret for as long as it has is quite impressive. Warner Bros. has not disclosed what role Depp will be playing in the films, though we hope it has Professor Trelawney wonderfulness. For those of you that only read the books, or skipped the series entirely, Professor Trelawney and her oddball ways were brought to the screen in almost pure perfection by Emma Thompson.

EW was one of the first publications to report on Depp’s involvement, as well as the fact that he will be appearing in the first installment. Although “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be a new installment to the wizarding world, it was also created by J.K. Rowling.

In the new film, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) will take on the role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. The film was directed by David Yates, who also directed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlak; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina Picquery; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

The film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The executive producers are Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat.

Fans can catch Fantastic Beasts when it hits theaters on November 18, 2016.