It was last Thursday that we got our first glimpse of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a sequel to 2016’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And just like the portraits in those movies, it was neither a still image nor trailer, but rather a moving photograph meant to look like it was part of that magical world. Because that’s what the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises are capable of: magic.
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017
But one notable character is causing some fans to wish their wands actually worked because they’d use them to zap Johnny Depp out of the picture.
At the end of the original, we saw Depp as the real Gellert Grindelwald for the first time. But now that we live in a world where sexual assault and harassment allegations are the norm, many people don’t want Depp, who allegedly abused ex-wife Amber Heard during their marriage, to be involved with the franchise again.
Beautiful photo, except for the abuser on the right. When will Johnny Depp leave the movie?
— lari (@larigouveia) November 16, 2017
The Crimes Of Grindelwald pic.twitter.com/LIOkF7jVai
— stephanie ironson (@sironson) November 16, 2017
The Crimes of Grindelwald is a pretty ballsy title for a film failing to address the problematic assault charges of its biggest star…like…way to lean in?
— Kerri Donnelly (@kdscripted) November 16, 2017
If only there were a way to recast an actor in this magical world where people disguise themselves and are canonically able to change faces
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 16, 2017
You know #ColinFarrell was a much better Grindlewald
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) November 16, 2017
hey guys, I noticed a small problem with the promotional photoshoot! Nothing drastic, but I fixed it anyhow. No charge 🙂 pic.twitter.com/WnNnob4eK2
— marcela (@celayoub) November 16, 2017
No, really, when Colin Farrell morphed into Depp, it was underwhelming and predictable, at best. And that was for a short moment at the end of the Fantastic Beasts; an entire movie devoted to Depp, er, Grindelwald and his crimes? That’s a lot for disgruntled fans to take. Come on, it’s not like recasts haven’t been done before.