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The First Official 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Image Has Arrived, and Twitter Isn't Happy About Johnny Depp's Presence

By Dustin Rowles | Film | November 16, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Film | November 16, 2017 |

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.

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.

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