Yesterday, well-known actor Johnny Depp was forced out of the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise days after losing the wife-beater case.
As per the reports, the actor wrote on Instagram that Warner Bros movie studio had asked him to leave his role as villain Gellert Grindelwald. He said that I have respected and agreed to that request.
Warner Bros said in a statement that Depp will leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise and his role would be recast.
Depp recently restarted production on the 3rd film in the spinoff from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. On Friday, Warner Bros said that its release date had been pushed back to summer 2022 from November 2021.
Rowling deteriorated to comment on Depp’s departure.
His departure marked a moderately rare move by Hollywood to recast an actor on ethical grounds.
Moreover, Kevin Spacey’s role in All the Money in the World was reshot with Christopher Plummer in 2017 after Spacey was alleged by more than 20 men of sexual misconduct. Spacey has not commented since making an apology to his 1st accuser.
On the other hand, Charlie Sheen was also fired in 2011 from television’s top-rated Two and a Half Men after months of drink and drug-fueled partying. He was substituted by Ashton Kutcher.
Johnny Depp wrote that his life and career will not be defined by this moment.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star charged the publishers of the Sun newspaper after it said he had been violent toward former wife Amber Heard. The newspaper also questioned his casting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
The 3-week libel trial in July heard evidence from both Depp and Heard about a tempestuous marriage marked by violence on both sides and of heavy drinking by Depp. On Monday, the judge ruled against Depp.
Rowling had come under fire in 2017 for casting Depp in the first Fantastic Beasts movie after early details of his 2016 divorce from Heard were made public.
Rowling said at the time that the conditions of the divorce were a private matter. Warner Bros. also said in 2017 that it supported to decision to keep Depp.
Fantastic Beasts is based on the magical adventures of Newt Scamander, is set some 60 years before the “Harry Potter” films but features several of the same key characters when they were younger.
According to Box Office Mojo, the first 2 of 5 planned films earned $1.5 billion at the global box office.
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