Johnny Depp Allegedly Tried To Get Amber Heard Fired From Aquaman

It’s revealed Johnny Depp allegedly tried to get former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara to fire ex-wife Amber Heard from DC Films’ Aquaman. Released in December 2018, Aquaman co-stars Heard in the role of Mera, the princess of Xebel, one of the underwater kingdoms. Heard also appeared in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, where she made her debut as Mera, prior to co-starring in James Wan’s Aquaman alongside Jason Momoa. Heard was first cast in the role of Mera in early 2016.

Later in 2016, Heard’s ex-husband Depp was cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of five planned prequel movies set in the world of Harry Potter. It was later revealed Depp would play Gellert Grindelwald, a Dark Wizard who rose to power and would become the Voldemort of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Depp’s casting in Fantastic Beasts was controversial from the start, as troubling details had previously surfaced during his and Heard’s divorce, including the fact that she was granted a restraining order against him. Those critical of the actor’s involvement in the Harry Potter spinoff franchise were vocal enough that author and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling responded to the Depp controversy, stating she entirely supports his casting. Most recently, another detail about Depp and his actions with regard to Heard has come to light.

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Now, THR is reporting that depositions relating to Depp’s lawsuit against his former lawyer, Jake Bloom, lead to a group of potential witnesses that includes Heard and former Warner Bros. CEO Tsujihara. With regard to Tsujihara specifically, THR reports he may be called to testify about whether he helped “black-list” Heard at Warner Bros. Further, Depp allegedly attempted to get Tsujihara to remove Heard from Aquaman and prevent her from being hired on other Warner Bros. projects.

Heard did end up starring in Wan’s DC Comics movie, and Aquaman ultimately grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming a massive success for Warner Bros. It has not yet officially been revealed whether Heard will return for the already slated Aquaman 2, set to release in 2022. However, it would be odd for Heard not to reprise her role as Mera after she was a co-star in the first film. And considering most superhero movie franchises sign actors to contracts that span multiple movies, it’s likely she’s contracted for the Aquaman sequel.

As for Heard’s ex-husband, the latest reports indicate Warner Bros. is worried the controversy surrounding Depp may hurt Fantastic Beasts 3. The third film in the Harry Potter prequel series has already been pushed back. Although the movie doesn’t have an official release date, filming on Fantastic Beasts 3 was delayed, as announced in January. Reportedly, the Fantastic Beasts 3 delay was so that screenwriter Rowling and director David Yates could have more time to prep the film and make sure they’re ready to start production.

It remains to be seen what becomes of Fantastic Beasts 3 and whether Depp continues to be involved. Neither Warner Bros. nor the creative team involved with the Fantastic Beasts movies have been anything but supportive of the actor. It’s unclear if that will change due to the latest allegation that Depp tried to get Heard fired from Aquaman. It may be the case that those who supported Depp before will continue to do so. Meanwhile, those who have been calling for Depp to be removed from Fantastic Beasts will likely maintain their stance with this latest revelation about his alleged attempted meddling with Heard’s Aquaman role.

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Source: THR

2019-04-19 03:04:38

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Warner Bros. Reportedly Worried Johnny Depp Drama Will Hurt Fantastic Beasts 3

Recent reports suggest that Warner Bros. is worried that Johnny Depp’s ongoing drama with his ex-wife Amber Heard hurting Fantastic Beasts 3. A couple years ago, Depp came under fire after Heard accused the actor of being physically abusive to her during their time together. The decision to have Depp return for last year’s sequel to Fantastic Beasts was met with controversy, but director David Yates spoke out in defense of the casting. Production on the third entry was to begin this summer, but was delayed till later this fall.

The Harry Potter spinoff series launched in 2016 and was originally planned to be a trilogy, but was extended to a five-film series after J.K. Rowling determined more movies would benefit the story. Depp stars in the series as the powerful dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. Depp has confirmed that he’ll return for Fantastic Beasts 3, but the controversy surrounding him could affect the film moving forward. Earlier this year, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard over the abuse allegations, and he’s denied all of Heard’s claims. Despite that, high-level executives at Warner Bros. are reportedly concerned that Depp’s involvement with Fantastic Beasts could send the wrong message.

Related: J.K. Rowling Promises Fantastic Beasts 3 Will Answer Questions

Per Page Six, Warner Bros. is reportedly worried that Depp’s drama could effect Fantastic Beasts 3. The report continues by mentioning that if Warner Bros. continues to stick by Depp, it could say a lot about the company’s values. Many high-level female executives are worried about working with Depp, and how it’ll effect the morale of female employees at the studio. This comes just after Heard’s recent court documents described in vivid detail how Depp allegedly beat, choked and tormented her. Adding to that, many at Warner Bros. feel Rowling’s public support of Depp has boxed them into a corner, as they continue to wonder how to deal with Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts series.

With Warner Bros. fresh off Kevin Tsujihara stepping down as chairman and CEO after his involvement in a sexual misconduct scandal went public, Depp’s continued association with the studio could lead to further backlash on not only Depp but the studio as well. According to actor Dan Fogler, the decision to change production around for Fantastic Beasts 3 was due to the film being larger in scale compared to the previous entries. More time was needed to prep and to avoid rushing the project, but there could be more to it than that. With Depp’s involvement casting a dark cloud on the movie, perhaps this time prior to production will be used to decide whether or not to replace the veteran actor. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had enough controversy surrounding it due to its poor reception and overstuffed storyline, but Depp’s casting as Grindelwald also didn’t sit well with many moviegoers.

How Warner Bros. chooses to handle the situation remains to be seen, but Fantastic Beasts 3 isn’t expected to release till sometime next year. That gives the studio enough time to sort out any issues they may have with Depp, and replace him if necessary. Of course, losing Depp would still be a huge loss if the studio doesn’t have a suitable replacement to fill his role as Grindelwald. With Fantastic Beasts 3 set to begin production later this year, fans should expect more updates as the fall nears.

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Source: Page Six

2019-04-13 01:04:26

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2019-03-22 14:46:43

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

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Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog

Johnny Depp Blames Assault Accuser For Their Own On-Set Injuries

Johnny Depp is fighting back at claims he assaulted location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks on the set of City of Lies. Brooks sued Depp for the alleged assault back in June, claiming Depp struck Brooks multiple times in the rib cage on the set last April. The alleged incident was sparked when Brooks told Depp that filming on that particular night was going to run late, which led to Depp reportedly screaming at and berating Brooks in front of multiple people on the set.

Brooks’ initial lawsuit then claimed that, upon returning to work on the following Monday, he was approached by producers who presented him with a document they wanted him to sign, which would have prohibited him from filing a lawsuit against the production. When Brooks refused to sign it, he was then fired from the project. A few weeks ago, distributor Global Road pulled City of Lies from its release schedule, just one month before it was slated to open in September, with no plans for its release being set for the future.

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As for the accusations levied against him, new legal documents obtained by The Wrap do not admit that Depp, or any of his other co-defendants – including director Brad Furman – actually struck Brooks. The documents claim that any injuries Brooks may have suffered were the result of an incident that Brooks himself “provoked,” which Depp’s legal team described as, “unlawful and wrongful conduct.” The documents go on to add that Brooks’ behavior caused both Depp and Furman to fear for their safety. Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, also released a statement, stating, “Johnny Depp never touched the person suing him,” and claiming to have more than a dozen witnesses backing up his client.

The original lawsuit filed by Brooks in June stated that the incident took place while filming at the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and the production had permits to shoot the exterior of the hotel until 7 PM, and inside the interior until 10 PM. The production was granted an extension to shoot until 10:50 PM, with Brooks tasked as being the person to notify Depp that filming would run late. Brooks alleged that he wanted one of the on-set LAPD officers to escort him, knowing Depp might be upset, but before Brooks could get help from the officer, Depp reportedly accosted Brooks, screaming, “Who the f— are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!” The lawsuit also alleges that Depp punched Brooks in the rib cage, before screaming at him and saying he would give him $100,000 to punch him in the face. The actor’s security then physically removed Depp from the scene.

Depp, who’s long been under fire due to abuse allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard, answered Brooks’ lawsuit with a filing, asking for a judgment in his favor and that the cost of the suit he was wearing, plus his lawyers fees and “further relief” be returned to him. After the spousal abuse allegations surfaced, many fans were angry that he wasn’t removed from blockbuster sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – where he’ll portray dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald – although many came to his defense, such as author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling. Whether or not Depp’s career can continue to survive all of these various ongoing scandals remains to be seen.

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