J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world has finally returned. Now that you’ve seen the new Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and read our spoiler-free review, it’s time discuss all the spoilers, criticisms, and theories for what’s next in the five-film franchise. Take out your wands, fill up a nice cold mug of Butterbeer, and get ready to go back in time to the 1920s.
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Remember that movie about the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur that Johnny Depp is in, for some reason? Depp is playing a detective who tries (and, obviously, fails) to crack both cases, and Forest Whitaker has just joined the cast as Depp’s journalist buddy who is also interested to find out what actually happened to the hip hop icons.
How do you make a successful Harry Potter prequel without Harry Potter? J.K. Rowling’s new spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, travels back nearly 70 years to 1926 before the events of the first Potter movie to tell a whole new story in a new setting with (almost) all new characters. Reviving the magical universe from the second biggest franchise of all time is a pretty risky move, but Fantastic Beasts does a good job of blending the familiar with the new.
The rumors are true: not only will Johnny Depp have a role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as being cast in the sequel, the mystery character he’s playing is none other than Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore’s friend/crush-turned-sworn-enemy back when both wizards were young and full of ambition.
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find spin-off relocates J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to American, but don’t expect the next four films in the franchise to take place in the U.S. Director David Yates revealed last month at a Global Fan event that the sequel will find Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in another big city that’s not New York. Now we have confirmation of where that location will be: Paris!
No scandal can keep an actor down for long, as is the case with Johnny Depp, who has signed on to co-star in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel (which will be the second in the five-film franchise). But that’s not all — apparently, he also has a very small role in the first installment, coming out this November.
There’s a famous part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland where an ominous voice says “Dead men tell no tales!” So I guess this is an adaptation of that line? These Pirates of the Caribbean movies are getting really granular.
Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express hasn’t left the station yet, as it still doesn’t have a full cast. Angelina Jolie was considering a role in the remake, but she dropped out over this summer, and while Charlize Theron had her eye on the movie, nothing has come of that as of yet. Hopefully production on the film will start chugging along soon, because Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer are both reportedly being considered.
Johnny Depp is getting the ball rolling early at TIFF this year: it was just announced today that he will be starring in Labyrinth, an independent film about the detective who investigated the assassinations of hip-hop legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Labyrinth is the latest project from the production Good Films, who hopes to sell the title in Toronto this week.
Any series that traffics in severed heads long enough will invariably get creative with their molds, as did a recent Walking Dead episode that saw Johnny Depp’s face making an unexpected cameo. Well, purveyor of all weird memorabilia, Norman Reedus evidently kept the celebrity trophy for himself.