Johnny Depp forced to exit ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ after losing the libel case

Johnny Depp has been forced to walk away from the upcoming third Fantastic Beasts film after losing his libel case involving allegations of assault made by ex-wife Amber Heard. "Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty," the actor, who played Grindelwald in the Harry Potter prequels, began a statement on Instagram. "I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days. Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request." Warner Bros. the studio behind the franchise issued a statement of its own. "We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date," the message read. "Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022." Depp and Heard are currently in the midst of another court battle over her allegations against him.