It’s official: Johnny Depp, who has just been cast in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, will play Albus Dumbledore’s old crush/friend/enemy Gellert Grindelwald.
Speaking to The Leaky Cauldron, director David Yates revealed that Depp had been cast as the dark wizard because Depp is “fearless” and “imaginative”:
“The whole principle of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, ‘Who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?’ In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent.
Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”