Johnny Depp has confirmed that he will be returning once more to the Harry Potter universe in “Fantastic Beasts 3”.
In an interview with Collider, the actor spoke about getting to play the big baddie of the series, Gellert Grindelwald, and how he got the role in the first place.
“It came out of nowhere,” he recalled. “Someone said J.K. Rowling would like to talk to me. I spoke to a few producers and the director and to J.K. and had long conversations basically about the Grindelwald character.
“J.K. said something I did not expect to hear because obviously, her detail to her characters and those wizarding worlds is astonishing,” he continued. “The fact that she said, ‘I can’t wait to see what you do with the character.’ Just to hand it off to me with that degree of trust, I was really touched, blown away by that.”
On evil wizard himself, Depp said, “Grindelwald is an interesting character. His intentions in his mind are for the greater good but there have been other people in world politics and such who felt the same way. [chuckles] He’s very dedicated to his beliefs. He’s not a fun character; he’s not funny.”
That’s when Depp dropped the news that he is planning on returning to the series for at least one more film.
“The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything,” he said. “So it was a gas and I look forward to the next instalment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”
Depp’s role in the “Fantastic Beasts” series has not been without its share of controversy due to his alleged physical abuse of his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Last year, Rowling released a statement standing by her decision to have Depp star in the films.
“Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with,” she said.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is set for release Nov. 16.