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Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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

The Final ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Trailer is Here

The first official spin-off film in the Harry Potter universe is slowly edging closer to release, and we now have the final trailer for it. This latest tease for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gives us some new footage, and a lot more action than the earlier trailers did. It will be interesting to see if a film set in the world minus the boy who lived can be a success, but I think all signs are looking good… even if “no-maj” sounds dumber every single time I hear it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out November 18, 2016.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Already Has a Release Date

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.

Via Deadline

The Most Notable Trailers From This Year’s SDCC

So San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Pop Culture, and that means one thing: a crap ton of new movie trailers. While we normally post these sorts of things one by one, we thought we’d instead put together a single massive post — sharing our picks for the most notable trailers from this year’s event.

Mostly because we don’t want to bury the other stuff that came out of this weekend — y’know, like this little piece of news.

So come with me, and journey down the rabbit hole of whatever footage was available for these upcoming films that could be hastily cut together for a hungry audience of fanboys and fangirls desperate for morsels from their favorite franchises. It’ll be fun, I promise. Continue reading The Most Notable Trailers From This Year’s SDCC

More Cast Shots From ‘Harry Potter & The Curse Child’ Released

Earlier this week we got to see the first images of Harry, Ginny and their son Albus from the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Today we’ve been given more cast photos, this time featuring Ron, Hermoine and their daughter Rose as portrayed by Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni, and Cherrelle Skeete respectively.

And honestly, they all look pretty great.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews June 7th at London’s The Palace Theatre. The published book of the script comes to bookstores July 31st.

Via Pottermore

First Promotional Cast Shots from ‘Harry Potter & The Cursed Child’ Released

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, the canonical follow up to the Harry Potter books, is probably one of the most anticipated stage plays coming to London this year. As the show approaches previews, we’re now finally getting to see what the characters will look like too.

The production has released the first set of cast photos (through Pottermore) of Jamie Parker as Harry, Sam Clemmett as Albus, and Poppy Miller as Ginny — all looking pretty great. I don’t have a lot more commentary to add than that, so instead we’ll just show them to you.


Harry Potter & the Cursed Child opens for previews June 7th at London’s The Palace Theatre. The published book of the script comes to bookstores July 31st.

Via Pottermore

The New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer Tells Us More About Newt Scamander

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t coming until the fall, but last night (during the MTV Movie Awards) we were treated to what is the film’s second teaser trailer. Where the first teaser trailer seemed designed to give us the film’s setting, this new one is focused on tellus exactly who Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander actually is.

The film is a bit of a risk for the studio, as it’s a Harry Potter-universe film with none of the series’s standard characters (although Dumbledore does get name dropped in this trailer). But with a script by J.K. Rowling herself, it’s hard to debate that it won’t at least feel like a proper entry into the series.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out November 18, 2016.

J.K. Rowling’s ‘History of Magic in North America’ as Problematic as You’d Think

So some of us were a bit concerned when it was announced that J.K. Rowling would be releasing a series of articles about the history of magic in North America in the Harry Potter universe. There isn’t really a great history of good representation of the myriad Native American beliefs and customs in Fantasy literature, and often very diverse groups get turned into some weird monolithic entity.

Well, sadly, she fell right into the tropes we were all afraid of.

The Mary Sue has a pretty decent breakdown of the whole problem, so I direct you to their coverage rather than even attempt to sum up this massive ball of facepalm. I’m disappointed in Rowling, but not terribly surprised.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Via The Mary Sue

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Script Coming in Book Form

When we learned the full details about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last fall, most of us were pretty hyped. The two part stage play, set 19 years after the final book in the series, acts as the canonical sequel to the books series. There’s a bit of hitch though — because it’s a play (opening in London’s West End later this year), millions of Potter fans won’t actually get to see the next chapter in their favorite character’s lives.

Well, the good news is that the script is being put out as both a book and ebook for those of us who can’t see the show in person.

After the play premieres July 30th, the Rehearsal Edition will become available immediately, eventually to be followed (and replaced) by the “Definitive Collector’s Edition.” While it may not be the same as getting to actually watch the show yourself, it will at least provide a way for fans across the world to find out the fate of the boy who lived and his friends.

…and then I fully expect a movie version to follow as soon as Daniel Radcliffe gets old enough for it

Via Pottermore

Screen and Stage Legend Alan Rickman Has Died

The BBC is reporting that Actor Alan Rickman has died. According to his family, who was with him with as he passed, Rickman had been suffering from cancer for some time.

Rickman’s film and stage career spanned decades, and his iconic roles include parts like Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Metatron in Dogma, and Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. Personally though, I will always remember Rickman best as the exhausted Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest — which is arguably one of the best Star Trek films ever made, even though it’s outside the franchise.

Rickman’s passing follows David Bowie’s, who also died of cancer earlier this week (coincidentally at the same age). I don’t really have a context to make this work (and it doesn’t necessarily make sense to use), but I keep finding myself returning to a line from Rickman’s character in Galaxy Quest:

By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged.

Alan Rickman was 69 years old.