JK Rowling Addresses Johnny Depp Grindelwald Casting: 'Fans Had Legitimate Questions'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

Depp is starring in the sequel to Rowling's film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

On her official site, the author said she and the film's producers were concerned by the stories in the press about Depp and acknowledged fans' concerns, but stood by their casting decision. However, fans have called for a recasting of the role, as Depp's then-wife Amber Heard accused him of emotionally and physically abusive behavior and released a video of an angry Depp and a photo of herself with a black eye.

Ultimately, J.K. Rowling is "genuinely happy" to have Johnny Depp in the "Fantastic Beasts" family as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

"'Harry Potter" fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role.

In this combination photo, Johnny Depp appears at the Los Angeles premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" on May 18, 2017, left, and J.K. Rowling appears at the BAFTA Film Awards in London on February 12, 2017. "For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been hard, frustrating and at times painful", she continued.

Rowling went on to admit that "the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been hard, frustrating and at times painful" for her, but "the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected".

Rowling says she did consider recasting.

'However, conscience isn't governable by committee.

Her fans had a mixed reaction to her comments, with one replying: "I am confident she has given great thought to this and done what she believes is right", while another added: "Honestly never thought I'd be disappointed in my childhood idol but here we are". I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He's full of decency and kindness, and that's all I see.

Heard accused Depp of emotional and physical abuse during their marriage, which lasted one year.

Yates and Heyman's joint statement said they tried to be "sensitive" to both parties.

"None of us involved in Fantastic Beasts would ever let our appreciation of talent obscure other, far more important considerations". We recognized the magnitude of the issues raised and understood the strength of feeling expressed.

The actor made a brief appearance in the first Fantastic Beasts film which was released in cinemas in November 2016. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains".

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