After asking the actor to resign, the arrival on the screen went from November 2021 to June 2022.
More changes of plans in the production company Warner Bros. After asking Johnny Depp to give up playing Gellert Grindelwald in the movie Fantastic Animals 3, he now announced that will postpone the premiere of the film: from November 12, 2021 to June 2022.
Yes, Depp will no longer be the evil dark wizard from the prequels of Harry Potter.
“I want to inform you that Warner Bros. has asked me to resign my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 and I have respected and accepted that request, “Depp wrote in a statement posted on his Instagram account.
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. confirmed the news.
“Johnny Depp will leave the franchise Fantastic Beasts. We thank Johnny for his work on the movies to date, ”he noted.
The studio added that the third film in the franchise is currently in production and It has not yet been defined who will be Depp’s replacement. Some rumors hold that Colin Farrell would go in his place.
Johnny made his debut in the role of Gellert Grindelwald at the end of the first movie of Fantastic Beasts. He played a much larger role in the second installment, which shows the rise of the magician.
His departure from this production occurred a few hours after the actor lost a defamation suit against the English newspaper The Sun, what she had defined him as a violent husband.
Depp said he plans to continue his legal fight.
“The surreal court judgment in Britain will not change my struggle to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the accusations against me are false. My life and my career will not be defined by this moment ”, he added.
The case, described as “the largest defamation trial of the 21st century in England”, made public the most serious problems of marriage between the protagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean and the actress Amber Heard, from 2105 to 2017.
For three weeks, a London court heard strong stories of drug abuse, feces in the marriage bed, suspicions of infidelity and a finger cut off by a bottle during a violent fight.
Many wondered why, at 57, one of the most famous Hollywood actors took the risk of exposing his privacy and his lifestyle in full view of all.
Depp sued the publishing group of The Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its CEO, Dan Wootton, for portraying him in an April 2018 article as a “wife beater”, assuming he hit Heard, something he always took care to deny.
NGN defended that it was based on 14 alleged cases of abuse from Depp to Heard, which it detailed in detail during the process.
Acknowledging his abuses, the actor assured during the trial that in his years of marriage to Heard he used drugs so much that he was “in no condition” to hurt the 34-year-old model and movie star.