The Harry Potter saga has long been questioned due to the combination of J.K. Rowling with the accusations towards Johnny Depp, who has been playing Gellert Grindelwald since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While Warner is still trying to put out fires around the creator of the wizard boy and the transphobia accusations he is dealing with, we just learned that Depp has resolved to abandon the saga.
He has not been dealt a dismissal, but the study has asked the actor to resign, and he has agreed to do so. “I want you to know that Warner Bros. has asked me to give up my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected his wish,” Depp said on his Instagram. “I would like to thank everyone for his loyalty and support. I am moved by your messages of love and concern, particularly in the last days.
The actor is referring to the issue that has surely sparked Warner’s resolve for him to leave Fantastic Beasts, and this is the libel lawsuit that Depp just lost in the UK. The Grindelwald interpreter denounced The Sun after this media defined him as “abuser” as a result of his relationship with Amber Heard, assaulted by suspicion of domestic violence for a long time.
Depp has lost his mind, and a few days later Warner has formally asked him to withdraw from the Wizarding World. In the same statement on Instagram, in fact, the actor referred to the judicial process: “Finally, I would like to say something. The surreal trial in the UK will not affect my fight to tell the truth and I confirm my intention to appeal. My resolution is intact and I will try to prove that those accusations are false. My life and career will not be defined by this.”
Regarding the study, Warner has confirmed that “Johnny Depp will leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise.” “We thank him for his work in the films released so far,” he continued, to then announce that Grindelwald will be played by another actor in the next installments of the saga, and incidentally clarify that the third Fantastic Beasts film will be released in the summer of 2022, instead of the scheduled November 12, 2021.
Within Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Grindelwald’s face was provisionally that of Colin Farrell, while Depp took on greater prominence in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Which was received by critics harshly, but since it maintained the economic success it guaranteed that Warner gave another opportunity to the saga. In fact, there are up to two more movies scheduled after the third, which will take longer than expected.
The discomfort that Depp’s presence caused in such a successful saga, however, came from afar, and so far both Warner and Rowling had defended him vehemently. The damage to Rowling’s reputation, along with the decisive judicial process, has ended up precipitating Depp’s loss of the support.