J.K. Rowling Talks On Johnny Depp Starring In 'Fantastic Beasts' Cast

Date December 11, 2017 13:41

Some people seem to be very unpleasant with the production team's decision to keep Johnny Depp as one of the leading actors in the Fantastic Beasts series.

There are fans who want Depp to be replaced because of the domestic abuse allegations from his now ex-wife Amber Heard. The woman accused the actor of assault when they were still married but dropped the charges when they were settling their divorce in 2016.

One of the fans even tried to ask J.K. Rowling directly about her opinion on the matter.

A Twitter user who goes by the name of Lindsey on the social media compared the situation with Johnny Depp to a case of Jamie Waylett. The latter played one of the minor characters in the Harry Potter series and was replaced in the wake of the drug use accusations.

The girl claims that the famous writer did not respond her question and instead just blocked her on the social media.

However, on December 7, 2017, the Harry Potter series creator published an official statement on her website. In her statement, the writer admits that the fans of the series “had legitimate questions and concerns” about their decision to keep Depp on board and admitted that they “considered the possibility of recasting.”

Then, the writer and producer of the Fantastic Beasts series explained the filmmakers' decision to continue to work with the actor:

Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

The accusations started appearing in the press right when Rowling and her crew were filming the first film in the series. At the time, these messages “deeply concerned” her and the rest of the team, says the writer. However, they decided not to replace the actor after all.

Fantastic Beasts is a spin-off of the Harry Potter story and takes place a few decades before the birth of the boy who lived. It is planned as a five-part series with the second film – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – hitting the theaters in November 2018.

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