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Fantastic Beasts star Jude Law discusses Johnny Depp's 'unusual' sacking from the franchise

Danny Thompson
·Contributor
·2-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13:  Johnny Depp (L) and Jude Law attend 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' UK Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Jude Law attend 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' UK Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 13, 2018 in London. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Jude Law has opened up about the “unusual” decision to axe Johnny Depp from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Depp was asked to resign from his role as Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off series by movie bosses following his libel case loss against The Sun newspaper.

Now his co-star Law, who plays Albus Dumbledore in the series, has spoken about the decision.

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Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Law said: "In a situation like this, you defer to the studio. That's all you can do. Because you have to turn up and play your part.

"It was unusual for me because, in fact, on this particular role. Johnny had actually only done a day's filming, I think, on his own.

"In a franchise like this, it's the studio and the company that make the big decisions. And you have to go along with those, because we're just a member of the team."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand on July 28, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand on July 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Depp filed a libel case against The Sun after an article labelled him a ‘wife beater’ referring to his marriage to actor Amber Heard.

However, judges found in favour of The Sun, and though Depp plans to appeal the decision, he took to social media a few days after the ruling to tell how Warner Bros. bosses requested he resign.

The post on Instagram read: "In the light of recent events, I would like to make the following statement.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the premiere of "Rum Diary" at Odeon, Kensington. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the premiere of "Rum Diary" at Odeon, Kensington. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)

"Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.

"I have been humbled and moved by many of your 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.

"Finally, I wish to say this.

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"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.”

Watch: Mads Mikkelsen to replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald?