J.K. Rowling Responds to Casting of Johnny Depp

Most know by now that Johnny Depp will be playing the dark wizard, Grindelwald, in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. As this news broke, people everywhere expressed mixed feelings about the casting in light of Depp’s recent domestic violence suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Many are outraged that Depp was given a part in the beloved wizarding world, while others are willing to see what he makes of the role.

Author, J.K. Rowling, who wrote the book and the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts, responded to the casting at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts in NYC:

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Director, David Yates, also commented to The Leaky Cauldron

The whole principal of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, “Who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?” In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent.


Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.



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