Johnny Depp is getting support from hundreds of thousands of fans who want the movie star to return to his role as the villain, Gellert Grindelwald, after exiting the next installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise. The petition on Change.org launched only days ago but currently stands at over 125,000 signatures from fans who feel Depp wrongly parted ways with Warner Bros. after a UK court dealt a blow to the star in his ongoing war with ex-wife, Amber Heard.
The petition, launched days ago by a loyal Johnny Depp fan, is titled, “Warner Bros, Bring Johnny Depp back as Gellert Grindelwald!!!”
A description for the page explains that Depp left the upcoming production of “Fantastic Beasts” after the “unfair” verdict with the UK tabloid, The Sun.
“We want him back! Warner Bros should listen to the public or we will boycott the movie!!!” a plea to the movie studio stated.
Many fans of Depp and the “Fantastic Beasts” movies also voiced their support for the star.
If Depp doesn’t return as Grindelwald, many of the franchise’s fans have vowed to boycott the upcoming installment, regardless of their devotion to J.K. Rowling.
“I’ve seen the first 2 Fantastic Beasts and will not watch the third because Warner Brothers doesn’t care that an innocent man has been falsely accused of a crime and has the evidence to prove his innocence,” one fan wrote on the Change.org petition page.
“JD deserves better than this. He’s the victim and should not be treated like this,” another fan wrote.
Johnny Depp revealed the news this week days after he ended up on the losing end of a libel lawsuit against The Sun in a UK courtroom.
“In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement,” Depp wrote to his millions of fans on social media this week.
He continued, “Firstly I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.
Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected that and agreed to that request.”
As we reported, a justice in the UK determined that The Sun had cause to label Depp as a “wife beater” after publishing an article about the turmoil surrounding the “Pirates of the Carribbean” star and Amber Heard. The ruling was a tough one for Depp, and he has vowed to fight it.
“Finally I wish to say this, The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal,” Depp stated.
He added, “My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”