Johnny Depp will not play Grindelwald in the sequel to the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Warner Bros. decided to fire the actor and replace him in the next installments.
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts will be without Johnny Depp. The actor, who played Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter derivative franchise, announced the news this Friday, November 6 in an Instagram post in which he specifies that it is a decision of Warner Bros: “I would like to announce that I have been asked by Warner Bros. to relinquish my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts. I respect that decision and have given my consent.”.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. confirmed this departure and announced that another actor will be chosen to play Gellert Grindelwald in the next films of the franchise, including Fantastic Beasts 3, in production, which should now be released in theaters in the summer of 2022. Currently in full swing lawsuit against his ex-partner Amber Heard for mutual domestic violence, Johnny Depp lost a few days ago his libel case against the tabloid The Sun which relayed the accusations of the actress.
Johnny Depp had asked to postpone the continuation of the trial until the end of the filming of the film Fantastic Beasts 3. This will no longer be necessary since Warner Bros. fired the actor. In his statement on Instagram, Johnny Depp thanks “those who offered him their support and their loyalty”. The actor says to himself “very moved by the many messages of love and interest, especially in recent days“. He also explains that he has “the intention to prove that the allegations against him are false” pending the continuation of the trial.