As fans may already know, Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel, despite the fact that the actor was accused of domestic abuse by ex Amber Heard. In fact, we have learned that J.K. Rowling is really happy he is back.
Following Heard’s claims that Depp abused her both emotionally and physically, many suspected that the actor’s involvement in the Wizarding World imagined by humanitarian J.K. Rowling would cease to exist.
But the beloved author explained her decision of continuing to work with Depp on the sequel.
‘When Johnny was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he would be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories appeared that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise. Fans had legitimate concerns about the choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already explained, we considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that did not happen,’ Rowling started.
She went on to say that an agreement has been put in place to protect both of Heard and Depp’s desires for and their privacy and to move on from what took place between them.
That being said, after looking into the circumstances, ‘The filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting but actually happy to have Johnny Depp playing a major character in the movies.’
The second installment in the franchise is set to appear in theaters in the second half of 2018.
The writer of Harry Potter explained that even though she was well aware, Depp’s casting would be seen as problematic by many, she stressed that ‘conscience is not governable by committee,’ adding that be it in the fictional or real world, we all need to do what we think is right.