Get Christopher Plummer on the phone, stat!
To many fans, the biggest crime of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is that Johnny Depp is playing Gellert Grindelwald. Some fans are upset because of the abuse allegations against him, from his ex-wife Amber Heard. Others just don't find him appealing, especially compared to Colin Farrell in the first movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Depp is still a very popular actor, with many defenders, but his star has faded a bit in the past few years, and not just due to his personal headlines.
Pottermore just revealed the new film's title to be "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," confirming a big focus on Grindelwald. The first cast photo was revealed at the same time, leading many to crop out Depp or just single out his involvement in the franchise:
If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y'all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeastspic.twitter.com/yaK93VMgc1— manda saw JL and is an even bigger batshill 🦇 (@amxndasantino) November 16, 2017
For the love of Dumbledore get Johnny Depp out of the #FantasticBeasts movies.— Selina Wilken, Shieldmaiden of Rohan (@SelinaWilken) November 10, 2017
Hi Warner Bros and anyone else involved. It's not too late to just recast Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts he was barely in the first one. No one will be upset— Lex Whyte (@Lexwhyte) November 9, 2017
#FantasticBeasts 2 has kind of backed itself into a corner w #JohnnyDepp in the particular role of Grindelwald. They're eventually going to lose far right support from the Dumbledore relationship they're going to address, and they'll lose far left support bc Johnny Depp.— Mitchell Black (@mitch_black4012) November 17, 2017
Colin Farrell was the best part of #FantasticBeasts and Colin Farrell turning into Johnny Depp was the worst part. It wasn't really that good of a movie to begin with and now he's going to ruin the second one even more.— Nicole Nadig (@NicoleRosalena) November 17, 2017
In addition to being a terrible human, Johnny Depp is a charisma vacuum who is not nearly attractive enough for this role #FantasticBeasts— Julia Piper (@jb_piper) November 17, 2017
Christopher Plummer's name also came up, in the continuation of an ongoing meme about Plummer replacing actors in their already-shot films. Plummer is currently reshooting Kevin Spacey's scenes for "All the Money in the World," and "Fantastic Beasts" fans joked that Plummer should just reshoot Depp's scenes next:
Let's just replace Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts with Christopher Plummer and call it a day. It's a much better casting choice for Grindelwald anyway. Get on it, WB.— Martin Nixon (@Captain_Faraday) November 17, 2017
Can Christopher Plummer please replace Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts?— Steve McMahon (@stevemcmahon13) November 16, 2017
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is scheduled for release November 16th, 2018.
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