Here to make your day, Warner Bros. has dropped a pre-teaser for Fantastic Beasts 2 ahead of the teaser trailer, which drops tomorrow, March 13th. And guess what? The Fantastic Beasts 2 pre-teaser does not have Johnny Depp in it, and for that, we are immensely grateful.
The Fantastic Beasts Twitter posted the Crimes of Grindelwald pre-teaser to Twitter on Monday, March 12th. It mostly serves to hype up fans, since it doesn’t share a whole lot of plot information about the film. Don’t worry, though: It’s still totally exciting.
Because honestly, any new Harry Potter anything will make fans as excited as Ron gets about Quidditch.
Plus, since the pre-teaser — which encourages fans to have their #WandsReady — doesn’t give anything away about the film itself, there’s no Johnny Depp in it! At all! It’s frustrating that Depp was cast as the villainous Grindelwald, and remains in the role in the wake of domestic abuse allegations made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Of *all* the actors in Hollywood, established ones and up-and-comers, did Fantastic Beasts have to pick Depp? No. No, they did not. But Depp is playing Grindelwald all the same — he essentially made a cameo at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and, from the sequel title alone it’s clear that his role will be much bigger this next time around — to the surprise and disappointment of many fans.
Fans wrote to J.K. Rowling on Twitter to inquire why Depp hadn’t been replaced (or why he was cast in the role at all), and the Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts screenplay writer didn’t provide a satisfying response.
The statement on Rowling’s website reads, in part: “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.” Um, okay.
On the bright side, though, the Fantastic Beasts 2 teaser trailer drops in a matter of hours — and hopefully, it’ll include as little of the actor as possible, like this bite-sized teaser.