Gellart Grindelwald is getting a heck of a henchman in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Japanese-Danish born actor David Sakurai, who recently appeared on Marvel’s Iron Fist and the Japanese martial arts action film Karate Kill, has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming sequel. Sakurai will play the role of Krall, one of the ambitious and sulky henchman of Grindelwald. Grindelwald himself will be played by Johnny Depp.
Jude Law has signed on to play the young Albus Dumbledore while Eddie Redmayne will return as series protagonist Newt Scamander. David Yates is also returning to direct the film.
The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil and capture the infamous Grindelwald in the first installment. As he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Scamander.
As for Sakurai, he will next be seen in Stoic, starring Antonio Banderas and is currenly filming the sequel Unbroken: Path to Redemption, starring Samuel Hunt.
More as this develops.