The actor also has a cameo in the first film

By Will Robinson
November 01, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Johnny Depp is joining the wizarding world.

The actor has been cast in the sequel to the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, EW has learned. Depp, whose role is being kept under lock and key for now, also makes a brief cameo in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

Fantastic Beasts, which is directed by Potter vet David Yates, stars Eddie Redmayne as adventurer Newt Scamander and is set 70 years before the events of J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series. Rowling announced last month there would be five total movies in the spin-off series; Yates is set to direct the first sequel.

In 2016, Depp played eccentric detective Guy Lapointe in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers; reprised the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass; and played Donald Trump in the Funny or Die short film The Art of the Deal: The Movie.

Fantastic Beasts opens Nov. 18.

Deadline first reported the news.

  • Movie
  • PG-13
release date
  • 11/18/16
  • 132 minutes
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