Amber Heard Hits Out At 'Fantastic Beasts' Filmmakers Over Johnny Depp

Amber Heard Hits Out At ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Filmmakers Over Johnny Depp

Yesterday, Warner Bros., along with director David Yates and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, released individual statements defending the casting of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. "She will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out about this awful scourge on the American family". Rowling acknowledges that she and the filmmakers considered recasting, given that "around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise".

However, it was Warner Bros' statement regarding Depp's casting that prompted Heard to respond. Since the studio kicked off the promotional push for The Crimes of Grindelwald, these concerns have resurfaced, especially since Depp is poised to have a much bigger role in the followup to Fantastic Beasts. The studio referenced Heard and Depp's joint statement that they released when they settled their divorce and the domestic violence case previous year. During their very publicized split, Heard made allegations against Depp of domestic abuse.

It continued, "Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films".

She said it had been "difficult, frustrating and at times painful" that she was not able to speak to fans about the issues but added: 'The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected.

The actress posted an image of the joint statement she and Depp released on the day their divorce was finalised on Instagram.

Amber then attached a screen shot of the statement, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love".

Heard may have taken objection to the part of Rowling's statement where she said both parties wanted to move on.

In WB's statement, they pointed to this statement, specifically quoting "there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm".

The divorce between Depp and Heard was finalized in January. Amber Heard took to social media to share her dismay shortly after the announcement.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is set to arrive in theaters on November 16, 2018.

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