An actor has announced that he is no longer involved in the Fantastic Beasts franchise following his recent legal case.
Johnny Depp, who`s role was Gellert Grindelwald, lost his libel case over allegations of assault towards his ex-wife Amber Heard. After losing his legal case against the U.K.-based tabloid The Sun over a 2018 article alleging he was a “wife-beater”, Warner Bros asked Depp to resign. On Friday, the actor confirmed that he will not appear as Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3 or any future franchise film.
In a statement on Instagram, Depp wrote: “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
The actor denied the allegations and said that he will continue his legal battle to prove his innocence. Despite the “surreal judgement” of the court in the UK, he said he will continue to fight to tell the truth. “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time,” he said.
Warner Bros also confirmed that Depp was resigning from his in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
“Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,” the studio says. “Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theatres worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
The actor`s first appearance was at the end of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. In 2018, he assumed the main role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.