The Harry Potter universe Fantastic Beasts movies will recast dark wizard villain Gellert Grindelwald now that Johnny Depp has been asked to step down. Warner Bros. requested him to go away the movie franchise, the actor confirmed on Instagram Friday.
“In gentle of latest occasions … I want to let you already know that I’ve been requested to resign by Warner Bros. from my position as Grindelwald in Incredible Beasts and I’ve revered and agreed to that request,” Depp stated.
Warner Bros. stated the third film within the franchise is already in manufacturing. “We thank Johnny for his work on the movies up to now,” a WB spokesperson stated in an emailed assertion. “The position of Gellert Grindelwald will probably be recast.”
The request from the film studio got here after Depp lost a libel lawsuit against UK newspaper The Sun earlier this week. The paper had alleged Depp was an abusive husband towards ex-wife Amber Heard, allegations which have been repeatedly denied by Depp. Depp stated Friday he plans to enchantment the judgment.
Harry Potter and Incredible Beasts writer, saying on the time she was “genuinely glad to have Johnny taking part in a serious character within the films.”
The third Incredible Beasts movie is slated for launch in summer season 2022, and can. Incredible Beasts and The place to Discover Them, which got here out in 2016, was set in New York in 1927, whereas Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — launched in 2018 — was set in Paris.