Warner Bros. made the controversial decision to cast Johnny Depp as the infamous Grindelwald in the ‘Harry Potter’ prequel series ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, a decision they may have come to regret. According to Omega Underground, a new press release focusing on the casting for the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel left off an important name, Depps, meaning WB could be looking in another direction to portray the evil Wizard.
The casting of Depp was met with a lot of backlash following his domestic abuse scandal but it appeared that his role had already been completed by the time the allegations arose. Depp went on to settle the case with Ex-wife Amber Heard but it was obviously still a point of controversy when the film was released.
Grindelwald was only featured briefly in the film, with his role being more of a set up for future films. It was expected his role would become more prominent in the coming sequels but Depp may never get the chance.
The aforementioned press release focused on the new cast members but went on to mention returning cast members. Here is that excerpt of the release via Pottermore:
The new names will be joining the central cast: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Carmen Ejogo, who portrayed the no-nonsense President of MACUSA Seraphina Picquery in the first film, has now been confirmed to be returning too. And they certainly won’t be alone. Earlier this year, Pottermore confirmed that Jude Law would be joining the cast as Albus Dumbledore, who is set to ‘team up’ with Newt in order to take down Dark wizard Grindelwald.
Now it is possible that they left off Depp to avoid bringing the addressing the controversy but that would be unusual for an official press release.
Source: Omega Underground
The Fantastic Beasts sequel will hit theaters November 2018