JK Rowling has pronounced she’s “genuinely happy” to have Johnny Depp stay in the Fantastic Beasts cast, despite concerns about stories about him in the press.
The author certified recasting the role had been “naturally considered” after Depp was accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard – claims he denied.
Yet she pronounced she was now “comfortable” for him to stay as Gellert Grindelwald.
The Harry Potter author has created the screenplays for the spin-off films, the second of which is out next year.
The first, patrician Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was expelled in 2016.
JK Rowling’s full statement:
“When Johnny Depp was expel as Grindelwald, we suspicion he’d be smashing in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had seemed in the press that deeply endangered me and everybody many closely concerned in the franchise.
“Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about the choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally deliberate the probability of recasting. we know because some have been confused and angry about because that didn’t happen.
“The huge, jointly bargain village that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the biggest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to pronounce plainly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful.
“However, the agreements that have been put in place to strengthen the remoteness of two people, both of whom have voiced a enterprise to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on the bargain of the circumstances, the filmmakers and we are not only gentle adhering with the strange casting, but honestly happy to have Johnny personification a major impression in the movies.
“I’ve desired essay the first two screenplays and we can’t wait for fans to see The Crimes of Grindelwald. we accept that there will be those who are not confident with the choice of actor in the pretension role. However, demur isn’t governable by committee. Within the illusory universe and outward it, we all have to do what we trust to be the right thing.”
Depp’s divorce from singer Amber Heard was finalised in Jan after months of wrangling over the terms.
Heard, the actor’s second wife, claimed he had been physically abusive, allegations Depp regularly denied.
In Aug last year, the span expelled a corner matter observant their attribute had been “intensely ardent and at times volatile” but had always been “bound by love”.
Depp, 54, done a brief coming in the first Fantastic Beasts film but is approaching to play a some-more distinguished role in its sequel.
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