Johnny Depp has officially left the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise today. The announcement came today from Depp after a stinging loss in the UK courts over allegations of being a “wife beater,” in a 2018 article from “The Sun.”
Depp was asked to leave (resign) by the production company Warner Bros. Pictures, which he accepted.
"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request," said Depp in his Instagram post.
Below is the full statement:
In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.
Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.
I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.
Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.
Finally, I wish to say this.
The surreal Judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.
My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.
Depp was portraying the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the “Harry Potter” spinoff series, he had a full-length role in the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (second film) and he was supposed to continue it in the third film. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has a short cameo of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.
Following his exit, Warner Bros. has delayed the “Fantastic Beasts 3” from Nov. 12, 2021, to Summer 2022. The exact date has not been confirmed yet. WB has also announced that the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film is currently in production and shooting in London, however, Depp was yet to join the production.
The prequel series by author J. K. Rowling set decades before the adventures of the Harry Potter series, is intended to be a five-film franchise.
“Harry Potter” veteran David Yates is returning to direct the third movie. The franchise centers on magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who becomes a confidant of Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by Jude Law.
The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler. Jessica Williams, who briefly appeared as Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks in 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” is expected to have a bigger role in the upcoming film.
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