NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp has exited the “Implausible Beasts” franchise following his failed libel case in opposition to The Solar tabloid newspaper for a 2018 article that labeled him a “spouse beater.”
Depp mentioned Friday in a letter posted on Instagram that he would depart the function of the darkish wizard Gellert Grindelwald after the studio requested his resignation. Depp mentioned his announcement got here “in mild of current occasions.”
“I want to let you understand that I’ve been requested to resign by Warner Bros. from my function as Grindelwald in ‘Implausible Beasts’ and I’ve revered and agreed to that request,” mentioned Depp.
Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure and mentioned the function can be recast. “We thank Johnny for his work on the movies thus far,” the studio mentioned in an announcement. The third “Implausible Beasts” movie is presently in manufacturing.
Depp additionally mentioned he would attraction the choice earlier this week by a British decide. After listening to testimony from Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard within the high-profile case, Justice Andrew Nicol mentioned that the allegations in opposition to Depp have been “considerably true.” Depp had sued Information Group Newspapers, writer of The Solar, and its govt editor, Dan Wootton, over an article accusing him of assaulting Heard.
“The surreal judgement of the court docket within the U.Ok. is not going to change my combat to inform the reality and I affirm that I plan to attraction,” Depp mentioned Friday. “My resolve stays robust and I intend to show that the allegations in opposition to me are false. My life and profession is not going to be outlined by this second in time.”