Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Image courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Depp axed as Grindelwald by Warner Bros.

It is being reported that Johnny Depp has been forced to quit his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts‘ franchise. The actor has issued a statement saying that he had been asked by Warner Bros. to step down after his high court libel case loss against The Sun Newspaper in England after he was accused of being ‘a Wife-Beater’ in a column published in the tabloid.

Although Depp and his lawyers are gearing up to appeal the decision against him, it appears that Warner Bros. isn’t willing to wait for the appeal to go ahead and want to move on as soon as possible with the third film, which has today been delayed until the summer of 2022  due to the recasting of Depp’s role that is now required.

Johnny Depp took to his Instagram to reveal the news by saying “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.” Read his full post below:

Warner Bros. issued the following statement regarding the star:

“Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date”

Many in the industry have expressed their concerns over the fate of Depp’s career after the high court ruling and sadly it seems that those concerns have come to pass in the worst way possible. Warner Bros. on the other hand will now begin the search for a suitable replacement to fill the role of Grindelwald – but with the film officially delayed the studio has ample time to select the best actor for the job.


Do you think Warner Bros. was right to ax Depp? Leave and comment and share your thoughts.


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