Actor Johnny Depp will star in the sequel to upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Depp has joined the sequel directed by David Yates and written by JK Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), based on Rowling’s book of the same name, reports deadline.com.\r\n\r\nJohnny Depp has joined the sequel directed by David Yates and written by JK Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), based on Rowling’s book of the same name, reports deadline.com.\r\nDetails about the 53-year-old’s role are still kept under tight wraps, he’s rumoured to play the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, also known as Dumbledore’s frenemy and one-time owner of the Elder Wand. He is said to make a brief appearance in the first movie.\r\n\r\nIt also stars Eddie Redmayne as the lead character and is supported by Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler.\r\n\r\nFantastic Beasts is set in 1926 with Redmayne arriving in New York as part of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures — including some hidden in his briefcase. Chaos strikes when some of the creatures are inadvertently let loose.\r\n\r\nFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them share the familiar background scores Harry Potter fans were treated with over the years. Although the book is written by JK Rowling and has every relation to the magical world she has created, none of the famous fictional characters, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley or Hermione Granger will be present in the first sequel of the movie.\r\n\r\nFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to release on November 18.