‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Series Announces Some Less Than Fantastic News: Film 3 Is Delayed and Johnny Depp Is Exiting


Today was a big news day for fans of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, as it was announced that not only will the next film be delayed, but Johnny Depp is exiting the series. The Fantastic Beasts series is a prequel to J.K. Rowling’s ever-popular Harry Potter series and is expected to include five films, the first two of which are already out and available on DVD and Blu-ray. The third film was set to be released in November of 2021, but following the announcement of Johnny Depp’s exit, the film has been pushed back to July 15, 2022.

In a letter Depp posted to his Instagram page, he announced that he was asked to resign from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films and that he will be respecting that request.

You can read the letter below:

Stay tuned for more updates concerning the fate of the third Fantastic Beasts film.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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