Johnny Depp on his way to the London courts

American actor Johnny Depp has recently resigned from his role as Grindelwald in the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts. 

Depp’s resignation came after he lost his libel case against the British tabloid, the Sun. 

In 2018, the Sun published an article calling Depp a “wife-beater” after his ex-wife, Amber Heard, accused him of domestic abuse. 

Early this week, the Royal Courts of Justice in London gave their verdict of Depp’s case and sided with the Sun.

The Judge in charge of the case said that the British tabloid has proved that its article is “substantially true.”

Warner Bros. told TMZ in a statement that because Depp is leaving the series, they will recast Grindelwald’s character before the movie’s launch.

The third installment for the Fantastic Beasts series is already in production even before the UK court passed its verdict. 

Warner Bros also moved the third installment’s release date from November 2021 to 2022. 

The studio, however, did not say any reason why they asked Depp to leave the series. 

Although it is quite obvious that the recent UK ruling has a role in it.

A screenbgrab on one of his scenes as Grindenwald

Forced Resignation

The Pirates of the Caribbean series star confirmed his resignation from the series through a short letter he posted on his Instagram account. 

In his letter, Depp thanked everybody who has “gifted” him “with their support and loyalty.” 

He added that he was humbled and moved by people’s “messages of love and concern”, especially for the past few days. 

He also shared that Warner Bros. has asked him to resign from his role in the Fantastic Beasts series.

Although he assured everyone in his letter that he “respected and agreed” to the request. 

Moreover, he also shared how “surreal” the judgment was from the UK court. 

However, he added that he will not stop fighting and plans to make an appeal. 

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