NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp has exited the “Incredible 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 position 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 recognize that I’ve been requested to resign by Warner Bros. from my position as Grindelwald in ‘Incredible Beasts’ and I’ve revered and agreed to that request,” mentioned Depp.
Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure and mentioned the position will probably be recast. “We thank Johnny for his work on the movies so far,” the studio mentioned in an announcement. The third “Incredible Beasts” movie is at the moment in manufacturing.
Depp additionally mentioned he would enchantment 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 had 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 courtroom within the U.Ok. is not going to change my struggle to inform the reality and I affirm that I plan to enchantment,” Depp mentioned Friday. “My resolve stays sturdy 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.”