Fans have been calling for Colin Farrell to replace Johnny Depp after the actor announced he was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
It comes after Johnny, 57, lost his libel case against Amber Heard, with the court concluding he assaulted his ex-wife.
Johnny revealed he would be leaving the screen adaptation of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, writing: ‘In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.
‘Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.
‘Secondly, 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.
‘Finally, I wish to say this. 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. Thank you for reading.’
Warner Bros also confirmed the role of Gellert Grindelwald would be recast, writing: ‘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.’
Fans were quick to suggest that Colin Farrell, who previously played the role, should be recast instead.
They tweeted: ‘Can they bring Colin Farrell back as Grindelwald?’ and ‘Really hoping he just turns back into Colin Farrell between movies and it’s never addressed’.
Others added: ‘Bring back Colin Farrell! He was so good in the first movie. I was mad when he turned into Depp’ and ‘They should have stuck with Colin Farrell to begin with.’
Details of who will take on the role next are yet to be revealed.
Credit: Original article published here.