Warner Brothers has unleashed their first photo for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald. Have a look:
This should be a big moment for the series. We get to see a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and find out the title to the sequel. Social media should be buzzing with excitement. I mean, it’s a new Harry Potter universe film!
But WB made the mistake of casting Johnny Depp (to replace Colin Farrell, even!) and instead of basking in enthusiasm, the studio (and J.K. Rowling, who is getting a lot of @s this morning) are in the unenviable position of having to see social media rip abuser Johnny Depp apart.
For the love of all that is good and pure can not have johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts STOP HIRING ABUSERS YOU BELLENDS— Zoe Wallbank (@zowallbank) November 16, 2017
If you were outraged by Weinstein and Spacey, and Ratner, and every single #MeToo story that you've heard recently, then you cannot support #FantasticBeasts while Depp is in the cast. #TheCrimesOfDepp— Liv ✨ (@oawoodward) November 16, 2017
Okay the next Fantastic Beasts movie is called The Crimes of Grindelwald but can we talk about The Crimes of Johnny Depp?#FantasticBeasts #FantasticBeasts2#JohnnyDepp#CrimesOfGrindelwald#TheCrimesOfGrindelwald— Christopher Gilstrap (@TheGilstrap) November 16, 2017
Depp is an abuser getting paid to now play an abuser. I won’t be going to see this film. The photo and title alone make me feel ill, and I’m disappointed in everyone involved. #fantasticbeasts https://t.co/SYtl0qTWSG— MONICA 🎄💕 (@monicakwatson) November 16, 2017
FIRE DEPP #FantasticBeasts— kal (@nwting) November 16, 2017
As much as I'm so freaking excited about #FantasticBeasts Johnny Depp is ruining the whole thing for me! I don't wanna see him as Grindelwald. Do. Not. Want. To. (not that I have a choice but I can still rant)— Maha (@MahaYssin) November 16, 2017
Is it really worth it, WB? I mean, I know that Depp still plays well internationally (as the latest Pirates movie can attest), but you’re going to spend the next year answering questions about Depp. Every cast member is going to have to answer questions about Depp. You’re going to be tiptoeing around the issue for months, and if more about Depp’s abuses surfaces, you may have to recast him later. I mean, what’s the upside of keeping him? It sends a bad message, it’s bad PR, and this is a kid’s film, for God’s sake! Do you really want constant chatter of domestic abuse allegations swirling around your franchise? Plus, the rest of the cast has to work with him! And he’s not just an abuser, he’s a lousy presence on the set.
Dump his ass. It’s not too late. Do it now and save yourself a lot of grief. The man is not just expendable, he’s a drag on a franchise that didn’t exactly blow the doors off the roof with its first outing. Grow a pair. Axe him.