Johnny Depp to leave “Fantastic Beasts” franchise
Actor Johnny Depp on Friday announced that he would no longer play as “Grindelwald” in the next installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
This, after losing a libel suit against the publisher of Britain’s “The Sun” newspaper over the publication’s claims that he’s a “wife-beater”.
In a statement posted on his Instagram account, Depp said that he had been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from his role as “Grindelwald” in “Fantastic Beasts” and he had respected and agreed to the request of the company.
With this, the next installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise would have a new “Grindelwald”.
Depp’s departure was confirmed by a spokesperson for Warner Bros.
“We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date“, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said.
Warner Bros. also said that the third movie in the franchise — which stars Eddie Redmyane — was currently in production and was scheduled to debut in summer 2022.
Depp debuted in the role in “Gellert Grindelwald” at the end of the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie, but played on a much larger part in the second one — which charted the wizard’s rise.