Amber Heard has responded to JK Rowling‘s explanation for casting Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 2.
Rowling released a statement yesterday which addressed the controversy around Depp’s casting. The actor was previously accused of assaulting ex-wife Heard. As the pair battled for divorce in court, Heard alleged that Depp had been physically abusive during their relationship. Depp denied all claims of domestic violence and the pair later settled their divorce and the domestic abuse case.
In Rowling’s statement on her official website, she says that she initially thought that Depp would “be wonderful in the role” of Grindelwald but was “deeply concerned” when allegations emerged. She goes on to describe the “questions and concerns” about continuing to work with Depp as “legitimate” and admits that the “possibility of recasting” was considered.
“The filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” the author says.
Stating that she “accept[s] that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor”, Rowling adds that “conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing”.
Now, Amber Heard has responded, sharing the full statement released when her and Depp settled their case, and stating: “To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context, is not right.
“Women, stay strong,” she adds. Check out Amber Heard’s tweet below.
For the record, this was our FULL joint statement.To pick&choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right.Women, stay strong. pic.twitter.com/W7Tt6A3ROj
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) December 8, 2017
Fantastic Beasts 2 director David Yates recently defended the casting of Depp, describing the matter as a “dead issue”.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second instalment in the Harry Potter spin-off series, is set for release on November 16, 2018.