Johnny Depp will retain the titular paper in The Crimes of Grindelwald .
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, as well as Warner Bros., director David Yates and producer David Heyman, opted for a united front on Thursday defending their decision not to change the role of the 54-year-old actor in tracking the fantastic beasts of 2016 and where to find them despite the fanatics' reaction to the controversy surrounding Depp's divorce with Amber Heard.
"When Johnny Depp was selected as Grindelwald, I thought it would be wonderful on paper." When we filmed his cameo in the first film, stories appeared in the press that greatly troubled me and all those who are most closely involved in it. the franchise, "Rowling said in a statement to ET." Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp on paper. As David Yates, Potter's director for a long time, has already said, naturally we consider the possibility of a new edition. understand why some have been confused and angry why that did not happen. "
Rowling laments the inability to address fans more frankly about the issue, but argues that she and the filmmakers endorse Depp's casting.  ] "The great community of mutual support that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me, personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating. and sometimes painful, "he explained." However, the agreements that have been established to protect the privacy of two people, who have expressed a desire to continue with their lives, must be respected. According to our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable with our original casting, but we are really happy to have Johnny play an important character in the movies. "
" I loved writing the two first scripts and I can not wait for the fans to see it Grindelwald's crimes ", Rowling concluded his statement" I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the main role. However, conscience is not governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside of it, we all have to do what we believe is right. "
Warner Bros. echoed Rowling's sentiments in a statement to ET, writing:" Of course, we are aware of the reports that arose around the end of Johnny Depp's marriage, and we take seriously the complexity of the issues involved. "
" This issue has been addressed jointly by both parties, in a statement in which they said "there was never any intention of physical or emotional harm". "said the statement." According to the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films. "
Yates and Heyman issued a short but similar statement to ET, saying: "None of us participating in Fantastic Beasts would let our appreciation of talent obscure other, much more important considerations."
"We recognized the magnitude of the problems. He raised and understood the strength of the expressed feelings. We hope and strive at all times to be sensitive to both parties, "they added." We manifest our decision to have Johnny in the movies. "
Depp's negative reaction to casting has largely surrounded his problematic process of divorce with his ex-wife.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016, after one year of marriage, and days later, the 31-year-old actress requested a restraining order against Depp, alleging that she was abusive to her while They were together, Depp vehemently denied all the accusations against him.
Despite the bitter trials against him, in August 2016, Heard withdrew his request for a restraining order, and the exes arranged their divorce, saying in a joint statement: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes volatile, but always bound by love," adding: "Neither party has made false accusations of financial gain. There was never an attempt at physical or emotional harm. "
Following his separation from Depp, Heard has been a vocal advocate for domestic violence awareness.
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