Actor Johnny Depp announced his departure from Fantastic Beast franchise.
American actor has exited the Fantastic Beasts franchise following his failed libel case against The Sun tabloid newspaper for a 2018 article that labelled him a “wife-beater.”
Depp said Friday in a letter posted on Instagram that he would depart the role of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald after the studio requested his resignation. Depp said his announcement came “in light of recent events.”
“Actor asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request,” said Depp
Johnny Depp Statement
Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure. Warner bros. also confirm that the role will be recast. “We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,” the studio said in a statement. The third Fantastic Beasts film is currently in production.
Depp also said he would appeal the decision earlier this week by a British judge. After hearing testimony from Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard in the high-profile case.
“The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal,” Depp said . “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.”