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Depp exits ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Hollywood star Johnny Depp, announced late last evening that he will no longer be portraying the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. His exit from the film comes days after he lost his libel case against a British tabloid that published an article in 2018 alleging he was a “wife-beater.”

The news of his exit has come as a shock to many fans who have gone on to slam production house Warner Bros for allowing Amber Heard to continue playing her part as Mera in ‘Aquaman 2’ and Zack Snider’s ‘Justice League’. Calling out the “double standards” of the production company, fans took to social media to demand Amber’s removal from the upcoming films.

Taking to Twitter to slam Depp’s removal from the role, a fan asked, “Why hasn’t WB fired Amber, too?!? Double standard!”

“So you knew from audio evidence that Amber Heard admittedly abused Johnny Depp, but she has not been removed from Aquaman 2 despite no clear evidence that he abused her. But you removed him from FB3. Wow,” another said while referring to the recent court proceedings.

Another said, “Johnny Depp is asked to resign as Grindlewald but Amber Heard, who has significant amount of evidence to point her has the perpetrator of domestic abuse, is still in Aquaman? Oh, double standards.”

“This feels a bit like a double standard considering this whole thing was much messier than we thought and Amber was totally abusive to Depp herself,” a Twitter user said.

From signing petitions to assuring to boycott ‘Aquaman 2’ if the actress is not removed, here are the angry fan reactions that came in on social media.

“’Fantastic Beasts 3’ is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

In addition to the exit of Depp, the studio has also pushed back the release of the upcoming instalment which was scheduled for November 2021. It will now release in summer 2022. ANI