Johnny Depp Sparks Outrage as ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Cast Photo Published

November 17, 2017 Updated: November 17, 2017

Promotion of the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hit a snag on Thursday with outrage on social media at Johnny Depp’s presence in the cast photo.

The film franchise published the photo on its Twitter feed on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Fans of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise gave the offending photo a critical reception on social media, expressing disappointment over Depp’s role in the film despite charges of domestic violence brought against him by ex-wife Amber Heard. Photos of a visibly bruised Heard spread across social media around the time she accused Depp of striking her in the face with his iPhone on the night of May 21, 2016. More shockingly, Heard claimed Depp abused her repeatedly. The actor has emphatically denied the allegations.


Heard dropped the domestic violence lawsuit against Depp in August 2016. According to a report by Yahoo News, “sources close to Amber “allegedly say she “doesn’t want to bury” Depp, believing that if she were to file a police report, it could “trigger an arrest and prosecution.”

The sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is called “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and features Depp as the title villain—Gellert Grindelwald. The series is the brainchild of J.K.Rowling, of Harry Potter renown. The setting for the “Fantastic Beasts” films is the Wizarding World universe, well-known to fans of the kid wizard and anyone ever subjected to the Harry Potter merchandising machine.

The Depp casting controversy aside, the film’s promoters have announced that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will hit cinemas on Nov. 16, 2018.


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