Johnny Depp as the infamous evil wizard Grindelwald may very well be the most controversial casting choice in the wizarding world yet. Depp, once an actor beloved by all, has come under fire in the past few years with accusations of abuse and on-set horror stories. Add on top of that the eccentric look they chose for the character, it all left many fans wondering where exactly the films intended to go with this character. The introduction of Grindelwald has been so eagerly awaited that if he falls short, it could seriously damage the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Quite honestly, I was as taken aback as everyone else at the reveal. The casting choice, the icy white facial hair and eyebrows, it all left me rather puzzled, and frankly, worried. But the latest trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, which dropped this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, may have changed my mind.
This trailer gives us a bit of an insight into Grindelwald’s character, and we can’t help but be reminded of Voldemort. Many of the things he says is reminiscent of Tom Riddle’s beliefs. Grindelwald, though often described as idealistic, was nothing short of twisted. He believed that wizards should not be forced into hiding, that they should dominate the world, including muggles. And he would rule over all. Not only is he reminiscent of Tom Riddle, but also of historical figures in our world.
Though I was extremely worried about the casting at first, the more I see of Depp’s performance, the more hope I have. From the trailer, his portrayal seems to be equally eerie and entrancing, exactly what Grindelwald was always meant to be. He’s dark, powerful, but someone you can’t look away from, even though you may want to. What many of us believed to be a terrible casting choice may turn out to be the best one they could have made. Only time will tell.
What do you think of Grindelwald’s casting? Watch the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald down below.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Hits Theaters This November.