The bookish world went into meltdown this morning when it was leaked that Johnny Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka, has been cast in a co-starring role as Grindlewald in the second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film.
And he might even get a cameo in the first film which is literally landing in weeks.
A few months back, this news would have come with serious excitement, but after the year Johnny Depp has had, not so much.
Just in case you missed it, back at the end of last year it was reported that Amber had starting fearing for her life after a “severe incident” which then caused a restraining order against Depp. It was later revealed that there were photos to prove injuries on her face. After another incident earlier this year, the couple filed for divorce in May.
Though no formal charges were pressed against Depp, but as far as a lot of people were concerned, he was in the wrong.
And now he’s been cast in the biggest movie franchise ever. Understandably, people aren’t happy that a known abuser is taking a central role in a movie everyone is so excited for.
Some authors are considering a boycott:
When you have to boycott your favourite franchise in the universe and now there is nothing good left pic.twitter.com/46GP4oGOnz
— Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) November 2, 2016
And lots of people are calling out the lack of impact on Depp’s career:
Johnny Depp and Chris brown are smashing their careers like they never abused women – and we're all staying quiet like that's fine. It isn't
— Sam 💋 (@Little_Fickle) November 2, 2016
winona ryder's career was ruined for yrs just for shoplifting but johnny depp can be abusive & immediately get cast in a big film franchise
— etonphobe (@opaIlynch) November 2, 2016
Fans are sad that something that was a safe place isn’t any more.
As someone who has been in an abusive relationship and is a massive Potter fan my heart hurts over the Johnny Depp casting news.
— Jess Hearts Books (@JessHeartsBooks) November 2, 2016
If Johnny Depp could just not be a part of my favourite thing in the world that'd be great. pic.twitter.com/noDg2QY5Ct
— Joyce (@joycevherck) November 2, 2016
And some just have a mixture of ALL the feelings:
Fantastic Beasts: Here's Eddie Redmayne!
FB: And a racist American Wizarding canon!
FB: And Johnny Depp!
Me: Please stop.
— Nicole Brinkley (@nebrinkley) November 2, 2016
This is such a tricky one, and an issue where every single persons’ opinions are completely valid. On one hand, Depp was never charged with anything; but on the other hand, surely this is validating domestic abuse and the lack of repercussions?
What do you think? Will you still watch ‘Fantastic Beasts’? Is it fair that Depp is facing no career consequences for his actions? Let us know in the comments below.
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