Days before the court’s ruling in Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun’s publishers, various Op-Eds revealed that the verdict would have a great impact on the Hollywood heartthrob’s career. On November 2, Judge Justice Andrew Nicol announced The Pirates of the Caribbean star had lost the high-stake trial, with the court refusing to provide him with any compensation for damage to his reputation. A huge blow to Depp’s acting journey indeed, he has now been asked to step down from his much-awaited role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film. The actor made the announcement on his Instagram handle.
He revealed that Warner Bros. studio had asked him to leave his role as the villain, Gellert Grindelwald. “I have respected and agreed to that request,” he said in a statement. Warner Bros said in a statement that Depp “will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise,” and that his role would be recast.
Depp also thanked his fans and well-wishers for being by his side during a testing time in his life. He added, “I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.” He then mentioned that he is planning to appeal, adding, “Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time. Thank you for reading. Sincerely, Johnny Depp.”