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Johnny Depp has a role in 'Fantastic Beasts,' will also co-star in sequel

Johnny Depp is best known for his role in the hit 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Los Angeles, United States Nov 02, 2016, 01.54 PM (IST)

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp will feature in the sequel to the "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a spokesperson for the film's distributers, Warner Bros, confirmed to USA Today.

David Yates will reprise his role as the director of the sequel which will release in 2018, the magazine further reported.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor also has a cameo in "Fantastic Beasts" which stars Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne in a key role. The film opens on November 18.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which is based on JK Rowling's book of the same name, will be the first in a series of five films, Rowling announced earlier this month.

Like the Harry Potter series, the film is set in the magic world of wizards and muggles, but predates the Potter franchise by 70 years. 

"Fantastic Beasts," which has a screenplay by Rowling, features new characters and story and is based in New York in 1926, long preceding the "Harry Potter" books and films, which were set in England in the 1990s.

The new franchise will trace the rise of a powerful wizard named Gellert Grindelwald and his eventual 1945 duel with Albus Dumbledore, the popular wizard headmaster from the Potter stories, Reuters reported.

Rowling's seven-book "Harry Potter" series sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, and the film franchise, which ended in 2011 with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," took in more than $7 billion at the global box office.

Johnny Depp, who has been busy filming "Murder On The Orient Express," is known for  playing eccentric and unpredictable characters in films like "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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