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Johnny Depp Resigns from “Fantastic Beasts” Following WB Request

This just in- Johnny Depp has resigned from the Warner Bros. Pictures “Harry Potter” adjacent film series “Fantastic Beasts,” following the studio’s request he do so.

This news comes after a court in the UK found in favor of tabloid The Sun after Depp sued them for libel and slander after the outlet referred to Depp as a “wifebeater” (in the case of Amber Heard‘s accusations that Depp beat her repeatedly) without the words “allegedly” or “reportedly.”

Depp posted to his Instagram:


In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.

Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with her support and loyalty.

I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.

Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.

Finally, I wish to say this.

The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.

Thank you for reading.


UPDATE-

Variety reports that Warner Bros. Pictures has officially delayed “Fantastic Beasts 3” to 2022.

WB will be recasting the role of Grindelwald. Expect news on that soon.