Harry Potter has been dominating pop culture for years, currently with David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts franchises expanding the Wizarding World. And while production is set to finally kick up for Fantastic Beasts 3, the upcoming threequel has hit a major road block. Namely because Johnny Depp will be departing his role as the villainous Grindelwald following a recent loss in court.
Depp was revealed to be Grindelwald in the final moments of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, before having a meaty role in The Crimes of Grindelwald. But as he geared up to start filming the third movie, Depp also spent time in court suing The Sun for defamation after the publication referred to him as a “wife beater.” The actor has since lost that case, and now it seems he’s lost his Harry Potter gig as well.
Depp revealed on Instagram that Warner Bros. has asked him to step down from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. While he’s committed to continuing his legal battle with Amber Heard and doesn’t admit any wrongdoing, it’s clear that the judgment had a big affect on his role in the Wizarding World.
Warner Bros. also made its statement about this news: “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”