Johnny Depp’s character in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” sequel fantasy film is being compared to the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Character Gellert Grindelwald, played by Depp, was created from the writings of J.K. Rowling. Grindelwald is a troubling character, whose goals include seeking out power, and dividing wizards and witches from the non-magical human beings.
The stars of the film told The Associated Press how they feel about the comparison of Grindelwald, to the sitting president.
“Every bad guy is more nuanced and subtle than Trump. He is like the most overt bad guy of all time,” actress Katherine Waterston said. “But it’s amazing because she [J.K. Rowling] was actually writing this long before the election happened — this chapter of the story. So yeah, it’s interesting actually with brilliant people, if they’re paying attention to the way the world is going, they actually tend to predict the future. Yeah, but it really is I think from paying close attention. And she’s so politically active.”
Actor Ezra Miller referred to the autocrats in history, citing tyranny. “Like at first they convince you that they have the right to rule you,” he declared. “And then they arm up and get it on. It’s a universal story.”
“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,” is the second instalment of prequels to the “Harry Potter” series. It is set to be released, worldwide, on Nov. 16, 2018.