Johnny Depp Resigns From the Fantastic Beasts Film Franchise
For the last few years, Johnny Depp has been in a protracted legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, as well as media outlets that allege he physically abused her. More recently, Depp lost a libel case against the UK outlet, The Sun, over the paper labeling him a “wife beater.” In the aftermath of that verdict, Warner Bros. Pictures has asked Depp to resign from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 and any sequels.
Via Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures released a statement confirming the news.
“Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
Additionally, Depp confirmed his departure on his Instagram account.
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Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently filming in the United Kingdom. However, there are currently no indications of when a new Grindelwald will be recast.
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