Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t out until November 18, but we’ve already got some news about its sequel: Johnny Depp is joining the cast. He’ll be a new element in a film which will otherwise have the same director (David Yates), screenwriter (J.K. Rowling), and star (Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander).
Here’s the catch. Deadline, which broke the news, doesn’t know which character Depp will be playing. However, let’s look at the facts. Number one: he’s Johnny Depp. He’s probably not going to just cameo. That’s what he does in Kevin Smith movies. No, the role is probably significant—and the timing of the news is curious, especially coming after this tidbit late last month: