Johnny Depp will no longer play the dark witch Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, the actor announced on Friday.
“I want to let you know that I got Warner Bros. request to resign as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respect and agreed to that request, “he wrote Friday on Instagram.
Depp’s withdrawal from the Harry Potter series comes days after he lost his lawsuit for defaming the tabloid “The Sun” in a 2018 article accusing him of being a “wife beater”. Depp confirmed that he plans to appeal the verdict.
Warner Bros. has confirmed Depp’s departure and has said his role will be reappeared before the third installment in the series premieres in 2022.
“Johnny Depp is leaving the ̵6;Fantastic Beasts’ series. We thank Johnny for his work in movies so far, ”the studio said. “’Fantastic Beasts 3′ is currently in production and Gellert Grindelwald’s role will be reappeared. The film will be released in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022 ”.
Depp, who played a cameo role in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in late 2016, is back with a much more prominent part in 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Depp’s was controversial from the outset as allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife Amber Herd have been tied to the star. Despite fierce fan opposition, authors JK Rowling and Warner Bros. strongly defended the decision to stick with Depp at the time.
In a statement on Thursday, Depp said: “I want to thank all the people who gave me their support and loyalty. I have been very humble and moved by the many messages of your love and concern, especially over the past few days. “
He continued, “Finally, I want to say this. The surreal UK court ruling will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I intend to appeal, ”he said. “My determination remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations made against me are false. My life and career will not be defined at this point.
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