For Fantastic Beasts 3, the latest edition by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter prequel series. This news is largely due to the drama that surrounds the film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star Johnny Depp has been asked to step down after losing a libel case against British tabloid The Sun that claimed him as "Frau Schläger" in an exposé from 2018. During more than two years of legal warfare, Depp experienced an avalanche of high-profile press that was very bad and in which his ex-wife Amber Heard was accused over three years ago of abusing spouses. Before the official decision on the defamation case, both the director of Fantastic Beasts 3, David Yates, and the writer of "Harry Potter", J.K. Rowling was firmly on Depp's side.
In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Yates commented on Heard's allegations, claiming, "A person who took a look at (Dork) and made a claim … Whatever allegations were out there is wrong with the type of thing Man that I have. I've worked with. "In line with his support, Warner Bros. stated," Given the circumstances and the information available to us, we continue to support the filmmakers' decision to continue with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films. “However, it appears that the studio giant has received the evidence he needs to finally fire Depp.
That decision split fans of the series into two camps: "Just abandon the movie" and "Which exciting new actor should Depp replace?" For the latter, more upbeat group, Ewan McGregor, Johnathan Rhys Meyers, and Colin Farrell, who played Depp's character Grindelwald in the first Fantastic Beasts film, are among the names tossed around.
Depp isn't the only actor causing the casting directors argument. Ezra Miller, who portrayed Credence Barebone in the first two films, came under fire earlier this year when a video was released of the actor suffocating a woman outside a bar. However, Miller appears to have kept his role while Depp was officially canned, despite the questionable evidence presented in court to support Heard's abuse allegations. Even J.K. Rowling is now coming under fire for being anti-trans and non-binary.
Fantastic Beasts 3 will now debut on July 15, 2022. The real question, however, isn't when the film will be released, but whether it will ever be free of controversy. Should there even be a third film at this point?
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