The casting of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel was probably the most controversial in the history of the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts film franchise. The focus of the new trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ focused mainly on revealing Jude Law as young Albus Dumbledore, but there is a glimpse of Depp at the end, but you’ll be forgiven if you didn’t recognize him.
Here’s a still image of Depp as Grindelwald from the new trailer:
Grindelwald is being transported from wizarding prison via carriage, guarded by two aurors. Obviously, they fail, or else there wouldn’t be a movie. Interestingly, ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ takes place in 1927, less than a year after ‘… And Where to Find Them’. That is one ROUGH prison.
But after his escape, he gets a haircut and shave and winds up looking more like he did in the first movie and as he has appeared in the promotional material for the sequel that we’ve seen so far:
We know Grindelwald then heads to Paris to gather his forces– each ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film will explore a different city– and Dumbledore, Newt Scamander and his friends chase after him for an epic showdown.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by
MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander
(Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about
gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule
over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student
Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as
love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided
Directed by David Yates, based on a script by J.K. Rowling, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ stars Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, and Katherine Waterston. It materializes in theaters on November 16, 2018.
Source: Entertainment Weekly