Just a few weeks ago, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates came out to defend Johnny Depp's inclusion in the movie after some fans of the franchise expressed concerns about some of the allegations that came out about Johnny Depp during his divorce proceedings. Now, J.K. Rowling, the mastermind behind the entire wizard universe that has become so prominent in pop culture, has given her thoughts on the matter, explaining what happened and why the creative team ultimately decided to include Depp in Fantastic Beasts 2. She said:
It's been quite some time since news first broke that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's marriage had some major issues, issues which came out during court proceedings and motions related to the couple's divorce. J.K. Rowling mentions this timeline when she starts out her post. Despite this happening before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out, some people have stated they are unhappy about Johnny Depp's current role in the franchise, after a wave of other allegations came to light regarding prominent people in Hollywood over the past few months.
J.K. Rowling also mentioned on her website/social post that some people have taken to social media to ask her specific questions about Johnny Depp. She mentioned she wasn't previously able to speak openly about what was going on behind the scenes and that it had been "difficult" on her. She stated that Depp and Heard have "agreements" in place to both move on and that the production felt those boundaries "must be respected," before going into more detail about the decision that Warner Bros. and the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald team ultimately made. Per Rowling:
Unlike some of the stories that have come out about misbehavior among celebrities recently, Depp's dispute was limited to issues with his ex-wife, and none of those issues bled over onto a movie set or into either Johnny Depp or Amber Heard's specific workplaces. J.K. Rowling is cagey about any details she and Warner Bros. were looking at at the time, but the production decided some time ago that Johnny Depp was the person for the gig. The first stills for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have already been released and the movie is set for a November 16, 2018 release date. Beyond Depp, here's what we know about the upcoming movie.
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