By Amy Mackelden published
This week, we got our first glimpse of the cast of the Fantastic Beasts sequel, and fans aren't happy. If you enjoyed watching Colin Farrell in the first movie, then you're definitely not alone. I, for one, was super disappointed when Grindelwald showed his true face at the end of Fantastic Beasts as being none other than Johnny Depp, with Farrell vanishing for good.
In one year, return to the Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/8aWj8xhGj5November 16, 2017
As I make a habit of never knowingly watching a Depp movie, I can't in good conscience see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is due in theaters on November 16, 2018. And apparently, many other viewers share this rage, and are calling on the filmmakers, and J.K. Rowling, to replace Depp with Farrell for good. Here are some of the best responses so far.
1. If Ridley Scott can reshoot a movie in a month...
2. No-one will be upset. Like, at all.
Hi Warner Bros and anyone else involved. It’s not too late to just recast Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts he was barely in the first one. No one will be upsetNovember 9, 2017
3. 'The Crimes of Grindelwald' is an apt title.
#FantasticBeasts : The Crimes of Johnny Depp.November 16, 2017
4. It's fixed.
5. Call Christopher Plummer!
It's not too late to call Christopher Plummer, WB. #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/sjWPtgjGHWNovember 16, 2017
6. We want Colin and we want him now.
Fixed it. #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/OSyv3QJGB1November 16, 2017
7. Is Jeff Goldblum available?
I was curious what Jeff Goldblum would look like as Grindelwald so I made this and I kinda love it. #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/28BswYpnyjNovember 16, 2017
8. It's no joke.
I'm not being funny but.. COLIN JAMES FARRELL #FantasticBeastsNovember 18, 2017
9. Just general disappointment.
This is exactly how I felt when I got to the end of #FantasticBeasts. So disappointed 😔 https://t.co/JsWJMkJSCqNovember 18, 2017
10. Let's not ruin something so magical, okay?
Hey, let’s maybe NOT let an abuser play in the world of everyone’s favorite magical book series?#RecastDepp #RecastGrindelwald #FantasticBeasts @FantasticBeasts @jk_rowlingNovember 18, 2017
11. Is this really still happening?
nobody gave this a second thought, huhNovember 16, 2017
In 2017, following revelations of sexual assault and misconduct against Hollywood stars and producers such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the world is less prepared to forgive and forget. Instead, people everywhere are striving to hold abusers accountable, which is why Depp's casting feels so ill-timed, following his less than amicable divorce from Amber Heard.
As Mashable reports, "There was a time when an abuser would helm a film franchise and after some angry tweets it would go away. This is not that time." While it seems unlikely that Depp will be recast at this point, we should all hope that J.K. Rowling is listening to her diehard Potter fans.
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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