Johnny Depp Asked to Resign From ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

Warner Bros. has asked actor, Johnny Depp, to step down from his role as evil wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, in the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Paste.



Depp himself announced the move via his Instagram and claims that he respects and agrees to the production company’s request. This comes after Depp had lost a court case in the UK on November 2nd, where he tried to sue the newspaper, The Sun, for libel after they referred to him as a “wife-beater.” This is in reference to a long legal battle with ex-wife, Amber Heard.


Image Via Johnny Depp’s Instagram

Gellert Grindelwald has been a central figure in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, although he only briefly appears in the first movie. Depp obviously played a larger role in the sequel, Crimes of Grindelwald, which drew criticism towards the studio due to his involvement. Grindelwald is once again the major antagonist of Fantastic Beasts 3, which will require a major recast.

Production for the third Fantastic Beasts movie has already suffered without this setback. Originally, the movie was supposed to be released in November of this year, meaning production had to begin in July, 2019. Production was pushed all the way back to March, 2020. Then, COVID-19 hit and upended production again. If production had actually started at this time as planned, Depp more than likely would not have been asked to resign. However, due to the pandemic, filming finally began in September of 2020, though it is unclear if any material with Depp has been filmed.

Who will be the next Grindelwald? Only time will tell.


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