Johnny Depp announced that he would no longer be a part of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise. Depp played the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the first two film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel series.

The actor shared the announcement on his social media handles after he lost the court battle with U.K. tabloid publication The Sun, which had published an article in 2018 about Depp’s relationship with his ex-spouse Amber Heard. He also added that the studio behind Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros., had requested his resignation.

In that piece, the tabloid alleged that the actor was a “wife-beater.” On Monday, the judge found that what the publication had published was substantially true and that 12 of Heard’s 14 allegations about episodes of physical assault were supportable. This was not a criminal trial against Depp.

Take a look at his statement below.


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In his statement, he also wrote: “The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. 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.”

Warner Bros. confirmed the news in a statement to ET, saying, “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theatres worldwide in the summer of 2022.”

Additionally, ET has learned that the film’s production will continue without interruption as Depp’s role is recast with no plans to pause filming that is currently underway.