JK Rowling Defends The Controversial Casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 7, 2017

Many voiced their displeasure at the production keeping Depp on after his now ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence.

In May 2016, shortly after filing for divorce from Depp, Amber Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against the actor.

On her official site, the author said she and the film's producers were concerned by the stories in the press about Depp and acknowledged fans' concerns, but stood by their casting decision.

Although some fans have called for Johnny Depp to be removed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, he has some powerful people in his corner.

Rowling has issued a statement on her website about the issue, revealing that recasting of the role had been considered and explaining why it did not happen.

She acknowledges that she's aware of the "legitimate questions and concerns" raised by fans and understands why some are "confused and angry" as to why Depp's role was not recast.

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Warner Bros. said it takes seriously the "complexity" of the issues involved, which surfaced at the time the short marriage between Depp and Amber Heard was breaking up late past year. Depp denied the alleged abuse at the time.

Rowling added that while "the huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life", she found it "difficult, frustrating and at times painful" to remain silent on the Depp issue. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains". "For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been hard, frustrating and at times painful", she continued. "Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies".

Rowling went on to admit that "the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been hard, frustrating and at times painful" for her, but "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".

Rowling concludes: "I've loved writing the first two screenplays and I can't wait for fans to see "The Crimes of Grindelwald".

The film is set for release in November. Some fans just don't think Depp looks right for the role (that weird platinum hair!), or is a good fit overall.

"None of us involved in Fantastic Beasts would ever let our appreciation of talent obscure other, far more important considerations", their statement said.

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