Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel: Johnny Depp to join the cast

Los Angeles: Actor Johnny Depp will star in the sequel to upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor Johnny Depp. AFP

Actor Johnny Depp. AFP

Depp has joined the sequel directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), based on Rowling's book of the same name, reports

Details about the 53-year-old's role are still kept under tight wraps, but he is said to make a brief appearance in the first movie.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to release on 18 November 2016.

It also stars Eddie Redmayne as the lead character and is supported by Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler.

Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926 with Redmayne arriving in New York as part of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures — including some hidden in his briefcase. Chaos strikes when some of the creatures are inadvertently let loose.