Johnny Depp is in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them amidst all the controversy he’s involved with. What does Beasts screenwriter and Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling think of his casting?
Johnny Depp is no doubt a great actor – he has played some of the most notable characters in movie history such as Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd.
However, with the allegations of abuse lodged against him by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, it’s easy to say that his reputation has been tainted. It’s why fans of the Harry Potter franchise were less than pleased to hear that he will be playing a pivotal role of Gellert Grindewald in the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
However, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently shared her two cents regarding the controversial casting and it sets the mood for fans who are still in doubt towards Depp.
During the film’s red carpet premiere in New York, Rowling explained that the movie’s casting directors approached Depp with her “full blessing”.
“I didn’t approach him—although he was approached with my full blessing, because I thought he’d be amazing in the part.” Rowling told E! Online.
The Fantastic Beasts author and screenwriter also teased about Depp’s performance, saying she was “really happy” with it and believes “the fans will be [happy], too”.
Meanwhile, David Yates, the film’s director, recently told Screen Rant that the decision to cast Depp was purely because of his talent as an actor.
“Johnny Depp is a real artist and he’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture,'” Yates explained. “He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor, and we were excited about seeing what he would do with this kind of character. He’s fearless. He’s imaginative. He’s ambitious.”
He added: “We thought he’d do something fun and special. So, we went for him purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous—we just know he’s interesting.”
Film producer, David Heyman also explained that Grindewald was an iconic character in the Harry Potter world, therefore it was “important to have someone who [has]that weight” that Johnny Depp has as an actor.
“It’s because he’s a fine actor who makes unexpected choices,” Yates said.
Aside from Depp, actors who will appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them include Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and more.