Variety reports that Fantastic Beasts 3 finally appeared in the calendar of premieres with a new date. The movie will open on July 15, 2022, i.e. we will wait for it about 8 months longer, as it was initially supposed to debut in November 2021. The delay, however, is not related to the exclusion of Johnny Depp from the cast, although it is known that scenes involving Grindewald have not yet been shot.
Let's be honest with ourselves, more delats of premiere dates do not surprise us anymore, but some of you are probably surprised by the news of the end of the collaboration with Depp - after all, he was very popular with the audience. The case, however, has nothing to do with the actor's skills, all of this is a consequence of his private problems. For a long time the artist has been fighting in court with his ex-partner, Amber Heard (known for example from DC's Aquaman). Their relationship was said to be very toxic, many recordings of the couple's quarrel have leaked into the net.
For some time, the court was in favour of Depp, as a couple of acts of domestic violence by Heard were proven. The situation changed drastically when The Sun magazine threw strong accusations at the actor, calling him, among other things, "a wife-beater". He decided to defend his name, but eventually lost - and, at least according to the British court, he was proved to have been aggressive towards the other party.
In connection with all the confusion, Warner Bros. requested Depp to voluntarily step down from the role of Grindewald. Although the actor agreed to quit the cast, he shared his letter in the social media informing internet users that he intended to fight against the unjust, in his opinion, court ruling.
What this means for fans of Fantastic Beasts, is that another casting will be held for the main antagonist of the series - so one of the Hollywood stars will replace Johnny Depp. The rest of the crew, however, will remain intact, so Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler will remain on screen. The work will be directed by David Yates, and J.K. Rowling is also helping with the production.