The Fantastic Beasts movies in the Harry Potter universe will reimagine the dark wizard villain Gellert Grindelwald when Johnny Depp has been asked to resign. Warner Bros. asked him to leave the film franchise, the actor confirmed on Instagram on Friday.
“Before the recent events … I want to inform you that I was asked to resign as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts by Warner Bros. and I have respected and agreed to that request,” Depp said. to speak.
Warner Bros. indicates the third film in the series has been produced. “We thank Johnny for his work in movies so far,” a WB spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “Gellert Grindelwald’s role will be reappeared.”
The request from the studio came after Depp lost his case in a defamation lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun earlier this week. The paper has accused Depp of being an abusive husband with ex-wife Amber Heard, the allegations repeatedly denied by Depp. Depp said Friday he plans to appeal the ruling.
Author of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, said at the time she was “really happy to have Johnny starred in the movie.”
The third Fantastic Beasts film is slated for release in the summer of 2022, and will. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, released in 2016, is set in New York in 1927, while Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – released in 2018 – is set in Paris.
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