- Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend allegedly sent his nudes to her brother, who then leaked them Saturday 6:38 PM
- This Instagram account catches influencers in the wild Saturday 5:42 PM
- The best upcoming video games to look out for in February 2020 Saturday 5:23 PM
- TikTok teens use AirPods and Google Translate to secretly talk in class Saturday 4:32 PM
- Video shows corpses of coronavirus victims lying in China hospital Saturday 3:44 PM
- Kid meets Slipknot after drumming video goes viral Saturday 2:30 PM
- Channing Tatum responds to troll who tried to compare Jenna Dewan and Jessie J’s looks Saturday 1:46 PM
- Grindr pulls an ‘I don’t know her’ after Eminem suggests he uses the app Saturday 12:48 PM
- Here are the top 10 most popular Instagram models in 2020 Saturday 12:21 PM
- ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ takes its characters on a fantasy adventure to Hell in season 3 Saturday 11:37 AM
- Woman no longer in sorority, school after racist MLK post Saturday 10:45 AM
- Netflix’s ‘Miss Americana’ starts to deconstruct the myth of Taylor Swift Saturday 10:32 AM
- Teens charged with attempted arson after participating in TikTok ‘outlet challenge’ Saturday 8:56 AM
- ‘American Dirt’ is a metaphor for a white country built on the back of immigrants Saturday 6:00 AM
- This woman told two students to ‘speak English’ and people are not having it Friday 9:53 PM
Deadline revealed Tuesday night that Depp filmed a cameo scene for Fantastic Beasts, and will have a more significant role in the sequels. Speculation suggests that he’s playing Dumbledore’s dark wizard frenemy Grindelwald, who would be in his forties during the 1920s time period of Fantastic Beasts.
Depp’s involvement was met with a deluge of backlash on Twitter, mostly precipitated by his domestic abuse allegations earlier this year. After an acrimonious divorce including accusations of physical and emotional abuse, Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard donated her $7 million settlement to charity, split between the ACLU for work involving abuse survivors, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
I’m livid about the Johnny Depp casting. It’s revealed that you attacked and abused your wife and then you get this? No. Absolutely not.
— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) 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
— wokus pocus (@opaIlynch) November 2, 2016
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
— Sammy 👅💦 (@Little_Fickle) November 2, 2016
Johnny Depp starring in the Fantastic Beasts sequel makes me approx 50% less interested in that franchise
— Lucy O’Brien (@Luceobrien) November 1, 2016
For many, Johnny Depp is the new poster boy for white male privilege in Hollywood: an A-list star who is dogged by domestic abuse allegations, and routinely stars in box office flops—yet keeps getting high-profile roles. This is especially galling in the context of Harry Potter, a family-friendly franchise created by a self-described feminist. It doesn’t help that Fantastic Beasts has already been widely criticized for its all-white cast of main characters.
A lot of fans are clearly disgusted by Warner Bros.‘ decision to hire an actor with such a controversial history. However, there’s one detail that complicates matters even further: the timing of Depp’s casting. While his involvement was only revealed this week, Fantastic Beasts‘ first trailer was released in April—a month before Amber Heard filed her restraining order against Depp in May.
A film of this scale requires several months of post-production work, meaning Fantastic Beasts may have finished filming before Depp’s domestic abuse allegations came to light. This would leave the franchise essentially stuck with him, unless the studio decided to break his contract, then recast and re-film any of his scenes at the last moment.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor