In November 2020, it was announced that Johnny Depp would be stepping down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise. The decision came after Depp lost his high-profile libel case against The Sun newspaper in the UK, in which the paper had referred to him as a “wife-beater.”
Depp announced his departure from the franchise in a statement on Instagram, saying that he had been asked to resign by Warner Bros. Pictures. He expressed his disappointment with the decision but said that he respected it and would be moving on.
The decision to remove Depp from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics. Some applauded the move, citing the allegations of domestic violence against Depp and his contentious legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard. Others expressed disappointment, arguing that Depp had been unfairly targeted and that his presence in the franchise would be missed.
The role of Gellert Grindelwald was ultimately recast, with Mads Mikkelsen stepping in to take over the role in the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
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