News Briefs: Now We Know Who Johnny Depp Will Be Playing in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

News Briefs: Now We Know Who Johnny Depp Will Be Playing in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Fantastic Beasts 2: Johnny Depp (Alice Through the Looking Glass, above) will portray Gellert Grindelwald in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We heard last week that Depp had been cast in the movie and now director David Yates has confirmed the character that Depp will be playing, a dark wizard who enjoys a close friendship with Albus Dumbledore before later committing many terrible acts. [The Leaky Cauldron via Collider]




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Avengers: Infinity War: Directors Anthony and Joe Russo shared a photo with the simple caption: "Scouting," leading to immediate speculation that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will be making an appearance in the superhero team-up, since a somewhat similar staircase appears in the smash hit bearing his name. That's strictly a rumor at this point; Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters on May 4, 2018. [Instagram]


Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker: Early word on Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to sexy smash Fifty Shades of Grey, emphasized the thriller elements of the material, a thought reinforced by the selection of veteran James Foley (Fear) as director. But any who are concerned that the movie might dial down the steamier side of things should be reassured by the reasons for the newly issued R rating: "Strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language." Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star; the movie will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. [ComingSoon]



Arrival Clip: Amy Adams is featured in a new clip from Arrival, which hits theaters on Friday. Adams stars as an expert linguist who is tapped by the U.S. military to help translate baffling communications from an alien race. Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg and Forest Whitaker also star. [Movieclips]

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