Last week we reported a story regarding Johnny Depp’s involvement in the currently filming ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ sequel. A press release announcing casting for the film was released on Pottermore, a site owned by ‘Harry Potter’ writer J.K. Rowling, which mentioned returning cast members but left of a major name, Johnny Depp’s. That led to some speculation that Depp was no longer working on the sequel, something that has turned out to be false.
Depp has run into trouble within the last few years, most notably he settled a domestic abuse case with his ex-wife, Amber Heard. That left many to write off Depp when it came to his career in the movie industry. Then came the news that Depp had been cast in the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off prequel, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ as the infamous Gellert Grindelwald.
Depp’s role in the film turned out to be minimal, having only a handful of scenes but it still left a bad taste in many people’s mouths. Following the release of the film, there were many that decided not to support it and wanted Depp removed from the film. Citing that Colin Farrell, who’s character was actually Grindelwald in disguise, put on a much better performance than Depp and wanted him to take on the role going forward.
Then came the aforementioned press release. Following the release of the article on Pottermore, Warner Bros. released the same news but with Depp’s name in the release. That led to Pottermore updating their article to also include Depp, with the quote:
Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “Finding Neverland”) returns as the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Pottermore has not addressed why Depp was originally left off the press release but it’s safe to say J.K. Rowling is not a supporter of Depp’s previous actions. Although, she originally defended his casting, saying she was “delighted” that he was cast. –Jackson Hayes
The Fantastic Beasts sequel hits theaters November 16, 2018