It has been reported that Johnny Depp has landed a role in the second ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ film, and it’s safe to say that not all fans are happy with the news.
It is not currently known which character Depp will be playing in the movie, which is due out in 2018, but it is thought that he will have a brief cameo in the first spin-off film from the Harry Potter franchise, which is due for release on the 18th of November.
Over the summer, Depp was embroiled in an incredibly high-profile divorce from his ex-wife, Amber Heard, with Heard alleging that Depp had physically abused her on multiple occasions.
The actor publicly denied all of the allegations made against him and his daughter, 17-year-old Lily-Rose, and ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis, both spoke out in his defence as Heard was granted a restraining order against Depp, who eventually agreed a divorce settlement with Heard outside of court.
As a result, Harry Potter fans are divided over Depp’s upcoming role in the franchise, with some arguing that it is inappropriate for Depp to be involved in a family film:
Johnny Depp and Chris brown are smashing their careers like they never abused women – and we're all staying quiet like that's fine. It isn't
— Sammy ???????? (@Little_Fickle) November 2, 2016
Thanks @jk_rowling for casting Johnny Depp + giving him the fame needed to help us forget the domestic abuse trial. I'm sure he's grateful.
— Really Very Rachael (@ReallyVeryRach) November 2, 2016
winona ryder's career was ruined for yrs just for shoplifting but johnny depp can be abusive & immediately get cast in a big film franchise
— wokus pocus (@opaIlynch) November 2, 2016
We're at the stage where I hear "Johnny Depp cast in…" and I automatically think, "Nope, I'm out."
— Mike McGranaghan (@AisleSeat) November 2, 2016
However, others are excited to see what Depp will bring to the Harry Potter universe:
Johnny Depp and Harry Potter…Two of my favorite things are combined and I couldn't be happier. ???????? Hahaha
— Cass (@cmmmoss) November 2, 2016
Johnny Depp is in Fantastic Beasts?! YES PLEASE!
— Sajid Khan (@iamsajidkhan) November 2, 2016
Am I the only one who is so excited to know that Johnny Depp could be in @FantasticBeasts ?
— Chalamèche ???? (@Cha1802) November 2, 2016
I'm very excited for Johnny Depp joining #FantasticBeasts cast! ???????? I don't see why people are so angry about that. ????????
— Shades of Patty (@xLadyPatty) November 2, 2016
It has been widely speculated by fans and critics alike that Depp will be taking on the role of Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore’s nemesis from the 1940s, although it has not been confirmed by the studio.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise will revolve around the fictional character of Newt Scamander from the Harry Potter stories, with Eddie Redmayne taking on the lead role of Newt.