Johnny Depp has exited the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise after Warner Bros. requested he step down from his position.
The 57-year-old actor performed Gellert Grindelwald in 2016’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and its 2018 follow-up, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’.
But Depp won’t be returning to the position for the third film within the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off franchise, after studio bosses requested him to step down following the lack of his libel case towards The Sun newspaper.
In a press release posted to Instagram on Friday (06.11.20), Depp stated: “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
Warner Bros. are actually trying to recast the position.
Depp had taken motion towards British publication The Sun after they branded him a spouse beater who had assaulted then-spouse Amber Heard, however a decide at London’s High Court threw out his defamation accusation earlier this week.
Following Mr. Justice Nicol’s ruling, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star may face having to pay out hundreds of thousands of kilos in authorized charges, together with The Sun’s prices.
In his ruling, the decide stated: “The claimant [Depp] has not succeeded in his action for libel … The defendants [The Sun and News Group Newspapers] have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.
“I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely as well as the overarching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account. In those circumstances, parliament has said that a defendant has a complete defence.”
However, Depp’s authorized staff have already stated they plan to attraction his “bewildering” loss.
Jenny Afia of Schillings, who represented Depp, stated in a press release: “This resolution is as perverse as it’s bewildering. The judgment is so flawed that it might be ridiculous for Mr. Depp to not attraction this resolution.”