Fantastic Beasts 3 star Jude Law has reacted to his co-star Johnny Depp’s exit from the film franchise.
Depp performed highly effective darkish wizard Gellert Grindelwald in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and had already begun filming the film’s follow-up, having accomplished one scene.
However the actor confirmed final week that he has stepped down from the position after being requested to resign by studio Warner Bros.
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Fantastic Beasts star Law, who performs the youthful Albus Dumbledore, has informed ET that Depp’s departure has been an “unusual” expertise however stated that he defers to the studio in terms of developments as vital as this.
“It’s an enormous film, and there are many, many layers to it. It’s probably one of the biggest productions I’ve ever worked on,” he stated. “And in a situation like this, you defer to the studio. That’s all you can do. Because you have to turn up and play your part.”
He continued: “In a franchise like this, it’s the studio and the company that make the big decisions. And you have to go along with those, because we’re just a member of the team.”
The actor added: “It was unusual for me because, in fact, on this particular role Johnny had actually only done a day’s filming, I think, on his own.”
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Depp confirmed his departure in an announcement on Instagram, writing: “I want to let you realize that I’ve been requested to resign by Warner Bros from my position as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I’ve revered and agreed to that request”.
Warner Bros made its personal assertion concerning the actor’s departure, saying: “We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date”.
Depp’s exit from the film got here after he misplaced his authorized battle in opposition to The Sun after the newspaper printed an article referring to him as a “wife beater” and claimed that he had assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor denies the allegations and is planning to contest the court docket ruling.
Warner Bros has confirmed that it’s recasting the position of Grindelwald, with Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen reportedly topping the checklist of potential alternative actors.
The studio has additionally introduced a change within the movie’s deliberate launch date, with the film’s launch being moved from November 2021 to July 2022. Production on the Harry Potter franchise film is already underway with Law returning as Dumbledore and Eddie Redmayne reprising his position as Newt Scamander.
Fantastic Beasts 3 is now due for launch on July 15, 2022.
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