Johnny Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Return Sparks Angry Twitter Response: ‘Depp’s an Abuser’

Social media critics say it’s not too late to drop “Pirates of the Caribbean” star from the movie

Last Updated: November 16, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Should the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” pull an “All the Money in the World” move and remove Johnny Depp from the film? A number of Twitter users seem to think so.

On Thursday, after the title and first look at “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” were released, fans flocked to social media to register their displeasure with Depp’s inclusion in the cast.

Depp is slated to reprise his role as Grindelwald in the film, but detractors on social media suggested that it’s not too late to replace the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, citing the recent decision to re-shoot Kevin Spacey out of the film “All the Money in the World,” following accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

“If they can cut & reshoot Kevin Spacey out of an entire film then #FantasticBeasts has no excuse for keeping known abuser Johnny Depp,” one Twitter user wrote.

“recast grindelwald for christ sake 1. depp’s an abuser 2. he doesn’t fit that role AT ALL he looks terrible as grindelwald, i can’t seem to find him credible,” another criticism read.

“It really isn’t too late to replace Johnny Depp, guys,” another Twitter user suggested.

“If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y’all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts,” another voice in the “Replace Depp” chorus chimed in.

“1- johnny depp has a long history of violent behavior 2- amber heard divorced and accused johnny depp of physically & emotionally abusing her throughout their relationship 3- depp’s ex managers confirmed amber’s accusation on legal docs & said his employees knew it was happening,” went another response to Depp’s return.

In May 2016, shortly after filing for divorce from Depp, Amber Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against the actor. Heard alleged that Depp came to their Hollywood home on May 21 drunk and high, and proceeded to hit her in the face with his phone.

In a subsequent lawsuit Heard made further allegations of abuse against Depp. The suit, filed against comedian Doug Stanhope, after Stanhope said that Heard was blackmailing Depp in a column published by TheWrap, said that Depp had “hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point nearly suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life.”