People are upset about Johnny Depp’s casting in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ – do you think it’s the right decision?

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:

And lots of people are calling out the lack of impact on Depp’s career:

Fans are sad that something that was a safe place isn’t any more. 

And some just have a mixture of ALL the feelings:

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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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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