Johnny Depp casting announcement draws quick backlash

Johnny Depp has been cast in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, and will star in no fewer than 5 films but the announcement has been met with overwhelming dismay.

Still facing a public backlash from the Amber Heard divorce drama, Depp has found little support, especially from Harry Potter fans that condemned the casting moments after it was announced.

Following Amber Heard’s domestic abuse allegations and the subsequent negative publicity around Depp, this new casting has come at a difficult time for the actor as he attempts to rebuild his public image.

As we have seen in the past, for example, with Mel Gibson, it can take a long time for audiences to ‘forgive’ and in this scenario, Depp must be able to regain the trust, especially from younger viewers.

Despite Depp’s success with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it may prove difficult for Warner Bros to go ahead with this casting if the negative backlash is going to have a significant effect on the revenue of the movie.

Next year, Johnny Depp will be back as Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with a release date set for May 17. Will the film meet its box office potential?

Iain Alexander

Founder - Film Industry Network


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