Harry Potter fans have expressed their anger after the first photo of Johnny Depp in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them was released, with some threatening to boycott the movie.
But his involvement in the film has angered fans after he was accused of assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard last year. As the pair battled for divorce in court last year, Heard alleged that Depp had been physically abusive during their relationship. A video released in August 2016 also appeared to show Depp smashing a bottle as the pair argued in their kitchen. Depp denied all claims of domestic violence and the pair later settled their divorce and the domestic abuse case.
Calling for Depp to be removed, one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘It really isn’t too late to replace Johnny Depp, guys.’
If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y'all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/yaK93VMgc1
— ? manda (@amxndasantino) November 16, 2017
i get so excited to see newt scamander be adorable again in fantastic beasts 2 but then i remember we’ll see more of johnny depp pic.twitter.com/fAgZSkrB27
— ellie (@hugvvarts) November 16, 2017
The real crime of Grindelwald is taking Colin Farrell away from us in favor of Johnny Depp.
— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) November 16, 2017
@jk_rowling why is Johnny Depp still part of Fantastic Beasts? I'm surely gonna boycott it due to his presence
— Bruna Montes Luz (@BrunaMontesLuz) November 17, 2017
The reason why I won't spend a single dime in 'Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald' is because there's Johnny Depp in it and I promised myself I would boycott all of his films.
I just don't get why someone as vocal as J.K. Rowling accepted that he play in the film…
— Alice?? (In proMarE heLL) (@winter__child) November 17, 2017
Another said: “If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y’all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts.”
Along with Depp, Crimes of Grindelwald also introduces Jude Law as a young Dumbledore and sees the return of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Ezra Miller.
Zoë Kravitz will also play a bigger role in the second film after starring as Leta Lestrange in the first movie.