This morning Warner Bros. dropped a first look at the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and rather than receiving the thrilled fan response they were probably expecting, much of the attention went to the fact that there was still one very big problem with the film – Johnny Depp was still starring as Grindelwald. The decision to cast the actor, who has faced allegations of domestic abuse from ex-wife Amber Heard, has been widely criticized, but the team behind the film hasn’t budged.
Given the recent onslaught of sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood and prompt firing and recasting of Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World just six weeks ahead of the film’s release date, it’s an extremely bad look for the Fantastic Beasts team not to have taken action.
Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment:
It really isn’t too late to replace Johnny Depp, guys. https://t.co/yE7ltZLI9L
— kateyrich (@kateyrich) November 16, 2017
The Harry Potter franchise is keeping Johnny Depp AND naming the next movie, "The Crimes of [Johnny Depp's Character]"? Okay. https://t.co/WAjs0vd4fe
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 16, 2017
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) November 16, 2017
fixed it pic.twitter.com/it8n6thqHv
— marce hasn’t seen endgame (@lokiswanda) November 16, 2017
It breaks my heart that I can't support Fantastic Beasts more because of Johnny Depp's involvement in the franchise. I can't reconcile a beloved chapter of my childhood with an abusive asshole.
— Amy Linares (@flickering_muse) November 16, 2017
Some are already making suggestions for who should really play Grindelwald:
#FantasticBeasts2 opening scene:
Johnny Depp takes off his mask.
It's Idris Elba.
— Beth Elder-Scrolls (@BethElderkin) November 16, 2017
The real crime of Grindelwald is taking Colin Farrell away from us in favor of Johnny Depp.
— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) November 16, 2017