J.K Rowling stands behind her decision to cast the actor Johnny Depp in her upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts, where he plays the villain, Gellert Grindelwald. According to reports, Depp was allegedly “abusive” toward his ex-wife, Amber Heard, whom he separated with last year in a highly publicized divorce case.
The author of the Harry Potter book series took to Twitter today to post a link to her website where she describes her reasoning in detail for continuing with her decision to cast Johnny.
I'm saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue here:https://t.co/NDMjy542Yv
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 7, 2017
Rowling stated that she and her producers were initially very excited to work with Depp but around the same time, reports hit the news alleging that the actor was abusive, so naturally, they considered recasting the role.
However, JK said, “the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected.”
JK said she and the producers are happy to continue to have Depp in the movie based on their “understanding of the circumstances.”
With that said, Rowling said she understands if some fans are upset with her decision, but she thinks it’s the correct choice. The author finished her statement by stating that “conscience” isn’t decided and governed by a committee, essentially saying that everyone may disagree on what may be the appropriate decision.
As you may know, violence against women has been a hot topic for the last two months, with many high profile men getting the ax from their respective positions. Most notably, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and many others have stepped down from their jobs.