Last week, the teaser trailer dropped for for The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With the trailer came a slew of promises from the public that they would not be going to see it. Or at least not paying to do so. Why? Because Johnny Depp will play the titular role of Grindelwald.
Fans became outraged when Depp was originally cast in the first film, with Digital Spy reporting that the decision had been called ‘horrific’. In August 2016, Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard reached a settlement awarding Heard $5 million after she alleged that Depp physically and verbally abused her, citing photos of her bruised face and a photo frame that Depp apparently smashed in a rage, as well as a video of him appearing enraged.
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The decision to cast Depp in the lead role of the new film has elicited an overwhelmingly negative response from the public, who disagree with the decision to cast someone accused of domestic violence in a prominent role in a film aimed primarily at young people.
J.K. Rowling, despite her usually feminist leanings, defended Depp’s inclusion at the premiere of the first Beasts movie. “He’s done incredible things with that character,” she said.
ok but if kevin spacey can be fired after filming an entire movie and they’re reshooting it a month before release, then why not do the same thing with johnny depp in #fantasticbeasts.. i can think of so many better actors as grindelwald
— ￼ (@ravenclvws) November 19, 2017
Every day more frustrated and angry and genuinely upset that Johnny Depp still has a job on @FantasticBeasts. As if the HP fandom hasn’t had to deal with enough abusers already.
— rosianna is in a getaway car (@papertimelady) November 21, 2017
In response to the calls for Depp to be replaced in the Fantastic Beasts series, die hard Depp fans convinced of his innocence have started the hashtag #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald,
I’m happy and grateful that #JohnnyDepp is part of #FantasticBeasts ??. #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald because his acting rocks, he is a real angel and a true gentleman ?#TheCrimesofGrindelwald #MagicInProgress ✨#justsaying pic.twitter.com/QMU9btlhlv
— LexiB (@lexi_2412) November 24, 2017
— Van Dort (@morton_vald) November 20, 2017
Will you be going to see The Crimes of Grindlewald next year? Let us know in the comments!
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