Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Johnny Depp was criticized for his role as Gellert Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” so his ex-wife Amber Heard told fans to be more discerning about the news. Warner Bros.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” came under a lot of fire for re-casting Johnny Depp as the villain, Gellert Grindelwald. Fans were frustrated that someone with violent tendencies was given the chance to participate in the “Harry Potter” spin-off movies.

Creator J.K. Rowling even came to the studio’s defense in casting Depp. When they first chose him as Grindelwald, Rowling said he was perfect. She added that Warner Bros. Studios seriously considered recasting the character because of the issues surrounding his personal life, but she hinted that there are things that they cannot tell the public because they want to “protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives.” Because of this, there’s an “inability to speak openly to fans about this issue.”

Now, Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard decided to weigh in on the issue as well. Like Rowling, Heard said on her Instagram post that there were some individuals who picked certain parts of their divorce statement and “quote[d] them out of context.”

Whatever the case, a lot of fans are still excited for the release of the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Director David Yates said the upcoming movie will be equal parts action, romance, and thriller.

“The first film had a level of whimsy; the characters felt like children in grown-up bodies,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “In this movie, it gets grittier and more nuanced and detailed. It’s quite a romantic film, it’s a thriller, it’s quite an interesting combination of genres you rarely see together. I think it will surprise people.”

In the film, Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as magizoologist Newt Scamander. He will be joined by his friends Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). The troubled boy Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) is also present.

Not to be missed are new characters Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) and Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), as well as a mysterious woman with no name (Claudia Kim). Kim’s character was only described as a “young woman we first meet as a featured attraction at a wizarding circus.”

Meanwhile, William Nadylan will be starring in the film as a wizard named Yusuf Kama, Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter named Grimmson and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as the leader of the wizarding circus named Skender. Kevin Guthrie will be playing Abernathy, Tina and Queenie’s boss from the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA).

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be released on Nov. 16, 2018.