Fantastic Beasts Author JK Rowling Didn't Meddle with Warner Bros.' Decision to Fire Johnny Depp

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The entire geek community is still reeling over the shocking development that has transpired concerning the future of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise. In case you weren't aware, it was reported last week that Warner Bros. Pictures has requested Johnny Depp to withdraw from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald follow-up project where he was slated to reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald, presumably because of all the bad publicity the actor has been getting amidst his heated legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

Now, in an even more stunning turn of events, the fantasy novel's creator J.K. Rowling reportedly didn't attempt to reach out to Warner Bros. to try and reverse their decision of cutting ties with the actor. It's a huge deal considering the fact that Rowling was a known supporter of Depp's casting as Grindelwald but now, amidst all of the controversy, it seems like she'd want to distance herself and understandably so.

The entire situation sure is unfortunate but I wouldn't exactly fault Rowling for wanting to avoid disaster this time around. To give you a little refresher, the Harry Potter author has been on the receiving end of massive criticism from fans over the last couple of months for her transphobic tweets and meddling with the Warner Bros. and Johnny Depp issue, even if she has every right to do so isn't exactly the smartest thing to do now and that could be a little too much for her to bear. As for Johnny, I wish the man nothing but the best and hopefully, he'll be able to bounce back after everything.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for release sometime in 2022.

(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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