J.K. Rowling defends casting Johnny Depp in 'Fantastic Beasts' -

J.K. Rowling defends casting Johnny Depp in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Credit: foxnews.com

  • Dec 07 2017 20:35About: 7 days ago
  • 8 views

J.K. Rowling voiced her support for Johnny Depp and his casting in an upcoming sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," following earlier domestic abuse allegations made against the actor.

The author published a statement on her website Thursday, breaking her silence on what had been a simmering controversy for the franchise. Some Harry Potter fans have said they would boycott "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" after Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard in May 2016 said that Depp was "verbally and physically abusive" to her during their marriage. Depp earlier called that claim and others "salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies." The two settled their divorce last year.

Rowling acknowledged that the reports "deeply concerned" her and others behind the production, and that she and director David Yates considered recasting Depp's role. While Depp had a brief cameo in "Fantastic Beasts," he has a starring role as the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the follow-up film, and potentially future installments in the pre-Potter franchise.

"For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, 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," wrote Rowling. "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 added: "I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn't governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing."

Warner Bros. said it supported the decision.

"This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said 'there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,'" said the studio in a statement. "Based on 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."



Follow Us on Twitter

J.K. Rowling voiced support Johnny Depp casting upcoming sequel Fantastic Beasts Where Find Them following earlier domestic abuse allegations made against actor.

Related stories with J.K. Rowling defends casting Johnny Depp in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Recruiting question of the day: How does Jeremy Pruitt’s move to Tennessee affect Auburn? -World News
Recruiting question of the day: How does Jeremy Pruitt’s move to Tennessee affect Auburn? 7 days ago
Much like Justin Ferguson does on the Auburn team side, recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day every day of the week. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Auburn Question of the Da
The NFL comparison for South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst -World News
The NFL comparison for South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst 7 days ago
On Thursday afternoon, South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst announced his plans to turn pro. Which NFL tight end does compare to? NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently shared a scouting report: “South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst has come up several
Starting 5: Duke’s Marvin Bagley continues to double his pleasure -World News
Starting 5: Duke’s Marvin Bagley continues to double his pleasure 7 days ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, college basketball columnist Kyle Tucker will name a Starting Five — his favorite five players from across the country at that particular moment in time. As guys heat up and cool off, this list will change over the course of
Chad Morris vows Arkansas will have most explosive offense in FBS -World News
Chad Morris vows Arkansas will have most explosive offense in FBS 7 days ago
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Plan on wearing some comfortable shoes if you’re coming to Arkansas football games next season, because new coach Chad Morris says you’re going to be on your feet when the Razorbacks have the ball. Morris guaranteed Thu
Auburn defensive linemen Nick Coe, Big Kat Bryant make 2017 All-SEC freshman team -World News
Auburn defensive linemen Nick Coe, Big Kat Bryant make 2017 All-SEC freshman team 7 days ago
Two of the youngest contributors on Auburn football’s dominant defensive line from the 2017 season have received high honors from the SEC. Auburn defensive ends Nick Coe and Big Kat Bryant were named to the 2017 All-SEC freshman team Thursday aftern
Four engineers accused in US of stealing chip designs to sell them to a Chinese start-up -World News
Four engineers accused in US of stealing chip designs to sell them to a Chinese start-up 7 days ago
Four former engineers at Applied Materials were charged by the US with trying to steal chip designs from the semiconductor equipment giant to sell them to a Chinese start-up, which may fuel fears the world’s second-largest economy is resorting to il
Re: Egypt minster calls for opening Arab embassies in Palestine’s Jerusalem -World News
Re: Egypt minster calls for opening Arab embassies in Palestine’s Jerusalem 7 days ago
Mohamed Al-Ghoul, deputy chairman of the Egyptian Parliament's Human Rights Committee, called on all Arab nationals, including his own, to issue laws to recognise the State of Palestine and to set u...
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine -World News
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine 7 days ago
A Saudi proposal for a peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians offers the village of Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, stirring widespread anger. Acti...
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine -World News
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine 7 days ago
A Saudi proposal for a peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians offers the village of Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, stirring widespread anger. Acti...
South Carolina DB Jamyest Williams named to SEC All Freshman team -World News
South Carolina DB Jamyest Williams named to SEC All Freshman team 7 days ago
South Carolina defensive back Jamyest Williams is being honored for his tremendous freshman season with the Gamecocks. Williams was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team Thursday afternoon. He was South Carolina’s lone representative on the li
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine -World News
Re: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine 7 days ago
A Saudi proposal for a peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians offers the village of Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, stirring widespread anger. Acti...
Art Review: Art Basel Miami Beach, Post-Irma, Is Still Swinging -World News
Art Review: Art Basel Miami Beach, Post-Irma, Is Still Swinging 7 days ago
Among the finds, Brazilian galleries. At the top of their game: Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems and Ugo Rondinone.