On this (long delayed) episode of Nerd & Tie, we mourn the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin, ponder the bizarre internet campaign against Black Panther, contemplate American Gods getting a new showrunner, get mad at J.K. Rowling over her cowardice regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, and get a kick over Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s alternate Chinese title.
We ended up recording this on a couple different nights due to technical difficulties, and there’s an important announcement about a change to the show’s format starting next episode.
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It’s been known for a while that Johnny Depp had been cast in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but his role was still unknown. Well, we now know (thanks to Leaky Cauldron) that Depp will be playing Grindelwald.
Director David Yates told the Leaky Cauldron:
The whole principal 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.
Casting Johnny Depp as someone who seems charming at first but turns out to be composed of pure garbage seems appropriate in a way.
Via Leaky Cauldron
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter prequel/spinoff, doesn’t come out until November 18th, but Warner Bros is clearly betting on its success. The studio has been pretty hardcore in planning for a follow up, having already green lit a sequel.
And I mean it’s super green lit.
Besides supposedly already having a finished script for the film, penned by J.K. Rowling herself, the studio has now announced a release date. That’s right, Fantastic Beasts 2 (or whatever they call it) is coming to theaters November 16, 2018.
Premature? Maybe. I mean, Sony announced a whole mess of supposed Amazing Spider-Man follow ups that never materialized when the franchise flopped. But Rowling’s Potterverse seems like a much more sure bet.
I mean, I guess we’ll find out together this fall.