Johnny Depp confirms his return to Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny Depp has confirmed that he will return for Fantastic Beasts 3, with production expected to commence in 'the middle of next year'.

The actor, 55, explained he loved the role and playing him 'as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard', so much that he can't wait to work on the third film, of five, in the J.K. Rowling-penned franchise.

In an interview with Collider on Tuesday, he explained: 'The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment.'

Comeback: Johnny Depp has confirmed that he will return for Fantastic Beasts 3, with production expected to commence in 'the middle of next year'

Comeback: Johnny Depp has confirmed that he will return for Fantastic Beasts 3, with production expected to commence in 'the middle of next year'

The casting of Depp in the role of Gellert Grindelwald was marred with controversy, as fans expressed their disappointment after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard, 32, last year.

In December 2017, writer J.K. Rowling said the claims 'deeply concerned' her, and that she and director David Yates did consider recasting the role for the second film in the franchise.

However she added that, while she understands that not all fans will be satisfied, she is 'genuinely happy' to have Depp play a leading character.

Rowling wrote in a statement: 'When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role.

Controversial: Fans expressed their disappointment at his casting as Grindelwald after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard, 32, last year

Controversial: Fans expressed their disappointment at his casting as Grindelwald after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard, 32, last year

Defending the choice: In December 2017 J.K. Rowling (pictured in April 2018) said while the claims 'deeply concerned' her at the time, she was 'genuinely happy' to have him in the role

Defending the choice: In December 2017 J.K. Rowling (pictured in April 2018) said while the claims 'deeply concerned'

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