Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in the midst of prepping the third “Fantastic Beasts” film which hails from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and is set in the same universe.
Rowling has defended the choice to cast Johnny Depp as the villain Gellert Grindelwald since the beginning, even as calls for the actor’s removal have increased in size and the legal battle between him and ex-wife Amber Heard rages on.
Depp launched a $50 million defamation suit against Heard, alleging her abuse allegations against him were part of an elaborate hoax to advance her career. Heard has now responded with some graphic allegations against him including violent behavior against women.
The continued coverage of abuse allegations has reportedly left some Warners execs concerned, ones which have only been exacerbated by the departure of former CEO Kevin Tsujihara after a sexual misconduct casting couch scandal.
High-level female executives in particular are reportedly worried about working with Depp and the message that would send to the public, and they also aren’t allegedly happy with Rowling’s previous statement strongly supporting Depp as it has boxed them into a corner.
Filming will kick off this Fall.
Source: Page Six