Fantastic Beasts 3 : Depp out, film delayed

In a rather swift and unarguably surprising move, Johnny Depp has announced his resignation from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.

Depp has played Gellert Grindelwald in the previous entries in the series but Warner Bros, the actor explained in a statement, doesn’t want him to continue in the part. A recent court ruling against Depp in a libel case tied to his divorce from “Aquaman” actress Amber Heard is believed to have played a big part.

In the statement, which Depp posted on Instagram, the actor assured fans he plans to appeal and intends to prove allegations against him are false.

Meantime, Warner Bros has confirmed that its third “Fantastic Beasts” movie will no longer open in 2021. That film, which was due to open November 2021, will now open sometime in 2022.

With a large number of theaters still shut in the U.S – including major markets like New York and Los Angeles – don’t expect any new major theatrical releases until at least next Easter