Ezra Miller says ‘Fantastic Beasts’ cast ‘weren’t consulted’ over Johnny Depp’s involvement in sequel

Depp's inclusion in the second film sparked controversy after he was accused of domestic abuse

Ezra Miller has spoken about Johnny Depp‘s inclusion in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, claiming none of the cast were consulted about the decision.

Depp reprised his role of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Crimes Of Grindelwald – a move that sparked controversy following the allegations of domestic abuse his ex-wife Amber Heard made against him in 2016. Depp denied the claims and the lawsuit was eventually settled out of court, with Heard withdrawing the allegations.

In a new interview, Ezra Miller, who plays Credence Barebones in the film, discussed JK Rowling’s decision not to recast Depp’s role. “No, none of us were consulted,” he told Playboy of the veteran actor’s involvement in the movie. “None of us knew.”

Asked how he felt about having to work alongside Depp, Miller replied: “Look, I bring forth my work to this job, and I do the best that I can. I would say that literally every single aspect of my reality, inclusive of a lot of things that are not fine with me, are fine with me. It’s amazing how far the banner of all good can extend.”

The Crimes Of Grindelwald was released in cinemas yesterday (November 15). In a three-star review, NME said: “For the most part, this is a fun and visually arresting blockbuster that will keep fans happy until the next one.”

Last month, Depp seemed to confirm he will appear in the third Fantastic Beasts film. In an interview, he discussed possible future storylines for Grindelwald, saying: “The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next instalment.”