Johnny Depp has resigned from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and now Warner Bros. confirms that the role will be recast.
The Oscar-nominated actor said in a statement that the studio asked him to resign and he “respected and agreed to that request.”
The studio released a statement and said, “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 theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
Jamie Campbell Bower played young Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and he reprised the role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fans are wondering if he might just take the reigns from Johnny moving forward.