Despite allegations of Johnny Depp physically abusing his estranged wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has been awarded a lead role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Most fans are outraged over the decision, while Hollywood isn’t exactly on the same page.
Disney CEO Bob Iger says that he isn’t “worried” about the Johnny Depp’s “personal problems.” Profits outweighing morals isn’t a new concept in Hollywood, even when the morality decisions in question are extremely disturbing.
When Deadline announced Depp’s role in J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” franchise ― he’s even supposed to appear in first film being released this month ― Harry Potter fans everywhere immediately expressed their disappointment and disapproval concerning his casting.
“People keep criticizing the all-white cast of our new Harry Potter movie. What should we do?”
“Cast Johnny Depp, change the conversation!”
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 2, 2016
Johnny Depp is in the new Harry Potter series, Bono is Woman of the Year, and Donald Trump might actually be president. 2016, you are drunk.
— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) November 2, 2016
— Natalie (@wednesdaydreams) November 2, 2016
Depp’s role in the franchise is still being held under wraps, though rumors suggest that he’ll play the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald – Dumbledore’s first love, and one-time owner of the Elder Wand.
Ezra Miller, one of the Fantastic Beasts stars, even hinted about the character having a role to play in the “Harry Potter” spinoff, contextualizing the timeline of the first film taking place during the same time period.