4:41pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Johnny Depp Joins 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel
Johnny Depp had better start picking out a patronus.
The actor will co-star in the sequel to the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The first installment of the Warner Bros.' magical franchise is due out in theaters on Nov. 18 and stars Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, who is making his way to the Magical Congress of the United States of America in the 1920s when his magical beasts escape from his expanding briefcase.
Depp will be making a cameo in Fantastic Beasts, but his character is being kept under wraps so audiences will have to keep an eye out.
David Yates will return to the director's chair for the follow-up, which has already been dated for Nov. 16, 2018.
During a fan event earlier this month in Hollywood, J.K. Rowling made a surprise announcement that she has finished the plot for five films in the Fantastic Beast franchise. (The franchise was previously reported as a trilogy.)
The world of witchcraft and wizardry seems like a perfect fit for the actor who is known for such fantastical ciematic roles as Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp was most recently seen as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass and will soon be seen in the fifth installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. It also was recently announced he will be joining the Kenneth Branagh-directed Murder on the Orient Express.
Depp was still a client at UTA when accepted his latest role, he is now being repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.