Johnny Depp asked to resign from Fantastic Beasts franchise

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  • Johnny Depp has announced his exit from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
  • The announcement comes after he lost his libel case against The Sun over claims he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard.
  • "I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts," he wrote.


Johnny Depp released a statement on Instagram, announcing that he will be exiting the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

The announcement comes after he lost his libel case against The Sun over claims he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The actor was suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims, which were made in April 2018.

"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request," the actor wrote. 

"The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.

"My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time" he continued. 

Johnny went on to thank fans for their loyalty and support. 

According to The Guardian, the news was confirmed by Warner Bros in a statement which said that his role of Grindelwald will be recast.

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