Jude Law reacts to Johnny Depp leaving ‘Fantastic Beasts’ after failed libel suit

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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Jude Law opened up this week about the changes facing the “Fantastic Beasts” cast just days after Johnny Depp exited the fantasy franchise on the heels of losing his British libel case.

“It was unusual for me because in fact, Johnny had actually only done a day’s filming, I think on his own,” the “Captain Marvel” actor, 47, told “Entertainment Tonight,” the outlet reported Friday.

The Brit, who was promoting his new film with Carrie Coon, “The Nest,” noted: “In a franchise like this, the studio and the company make the big decisions and you have to go along with those because, you know, we’re just a member of the team.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 57, was asked to leave the franchise after a High Court found tabloid The Sun not liable for labeling the actor a “wife beater” in a 2018 article referring to his tumultuous and short-lived marriage to 34-year-old “Aquaman” actress Amber Heard.

Depp subsequently took to Instagram with a statement revealing he’d “been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”

The Oscar nominee also confirmed his intent to appeal the court’s verdict.

“My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false,” wrote Depp. “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”

Though Depp only filmed one scene from “Fantastic Beasts 3” before his resignation, he will still get his full salary of more than $10 million.


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