That caused Warner to confirm the news and let the world know he'd be getting a much largee role in the sequel.
Depp, 53, one of Hollywood's top actors and box office draws, will star with Oscar victor Eddie Redmayne in the 2018 sequel to Fantastic Beasts, which is due out in theatres on Nov 18, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety said, citing unnamed sources. Yates also directed the last four Harry Potter movies, so if his direction is only one half of what it was in those movies, the Fantastic Beasts franchise will be a magical success. He will have a bigger role in the second film, Warner Bros. said, which will come out next year.
Early tracking on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" the film, based on the works of J.K. Rowling, is set at $75 million.
Me: This is so Wingardium Levi-AWESOME!
Here's where we start getting into potential spoilers territory.
Apparently there's a good reason why this got out just before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters.
"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" tells the journey of Newt Scamander (Redmayne) as he visits New York City in 1926 with a magical suit case filled with magical beasts and creatures.
JK Rowling announced in October that there will be five Fantastic Beasts films instead of three. Oscar victor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates.
Depp will play Ratchett in the project after holding discussions with director Kenneth Branagh - who will also star as Detective Hercule Poirot - and reading the script penned by Michael Green which has been adapted from Agatha Christie's novel.
Fantastic Beasts lead stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston appeared at Entertainment Weekly's inaugural PopFest over the weekend.
On one hand, ComicBook.com mentions, "Many actors have been fan-cast in the film, and Depp is one of those who fans have hoped to see join the wizarding world".