Public opinion has utterly turned on its head since Johnny Depp was first introduced to be becoming a member of the Fantastic Beasts franchise because the villainous Gellert Grindelwald. On the time, the actor was within the midst of battling allegations of home abuse in the direction of ex-wife Amber Heard, and his highest profile supporter was creator J.Ok. Rowling, who repeatedly defended the choice to solid the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Quick ahead to now, and the roles have been utterly reversed. After being compelled to step down from Fantastic Beasts 3 following the end result of his libel trial towards a British tabloid, followers have totally thrown their weight and help behind the 57 year-old, whereas Rowling is presently persona non grata in lots of circles.
The Harry Potter writer has been going through widespread accusations of transphobia, and each time she makes an attempt to disclaim them, she finally ends up digging herself even deeper into the opening. The truth is, a fast look on the web makes it appear clear that followers would a lot reasonably have Depp stay onboard the Fantastic Beasts sequence than Rowling, which is a far cry from the state of affairs a number of years in the past.
Regardless of being his most ardent supporter in the course of the preliminary wave of backlash that greeted his casting, although, Rowling has up to now refused to be drawn into Depp’s dismissal, and a brand new report from THR claims that she didn’t push again on Warner Bros.’ determination to chop ties with the 57 year-old in any respect.
“One supply says that Fantastic Beasts author J.Ok. Rowling — Depp’s highest-profile backer — didn’t push again on Warners’ transfer to chop the actor from the franchise.”
After all, the very last thing that Fantastic Beasts 3 wanted was extra controversy after Depp, Rowling and Ezra Miller have all discovered themselves within the headlines for the flawed causes this 12 months, and now the studio are going through a possible boycott when the film arrives in the summertime of 2022.