‘Fantastic Beasts’ Fans (Half) Joke ‘It’s Not Too Late’ to Replace Johnny Depp

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Get Christopher Plummer on the phone, stat!

To many fans, the biggest crime of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is that Johnny Depp is playing Gellert Grindelwald. Some fans are upset because of the abuse allegations against him, from his ex-wife Amber Heard. Others just don’t find him appealing, especially compared to Colin Farrell in the first movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Depp is still a very popular actor, with many defenders, but his star has faded a bit in the past few years, and not just due to his personal headlines.

Pottermore just revealed the new film’s title to be “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” confirming a big focus on Grindelwald. The first cast photo was revealed at the same time, leading many to crop out Depp or just single out his involvement in the franchise:

If Ridley Scott can fire Kevin Spacey, after filming an entire movie with him and voluntarily reshooting it a month before release, then y’all can do the same thing w Johnny Depp bc you still have a year to go #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/yaK93VMgc1

— manda saw JL and is an even bigger batshill 🦇 (@amxndasantino) November 16, 2017

For the love of Dumbledore get Johnny Depp out of the #FantasticBeasts movies.

— Selina Wilken, Shieldmaiden of Rohan (@SelinaWilken) November 10, 2017

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 upset

— Lex Whyte (@Lexwhyte) November 9, 2017

dw guys I fixed the crimes of grindelwald line up #fantasticbeasts pic.twitter.com/d9s5SSsQZn

— adam where? (@adamlewisware) November 16, 2017

ugh i wish they had just stuck with colin ferrel for #FantasticBeasts instead of making us look at johnny depp’s ugly face. what the hell was wrong with colin? pic.twitter.com/JUELVhcs6b

— 🔸 pepper 🔸 (@opaldrite) November 16, 2017

#FantasticBeasts 2 has kind of backed itself into a corner w #JohnnyDepp in the particular role of Grindelwald. They’re eventually going to lose far right support from the Dumbledore relationship they’re going to address, and they’ll lose far left support bc Johnny Depp.

— Mitchell Black (@mitch_black4012) November 17, 2017

Colin Farrell was the best part of #FantasticBeasts and Colin Farrell turning into Johnny Depp was the worst part. It wasn’t really that good of a movie to begin with and now he’s going to ruin the second one even more.

— Nicole Nadig (@NicoleRosalena) November 17, 2017

In addition to being a terrible human, Johnny Depp is a charisma vacuum who is not nearly attractive enough for this role #FantasticBeasts

— Julia Piper (@jb_piper) November 17, 2017

Colin Farrell > Jonny Depp #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/aBbhu4LXEA

— Danny (@shckldg) November 16, 2017

Christopher Plummer’s name also came up, in the continuation of an ongoing meme about Plummer replacing actors in their already-shot films. Plummer is currently reshooting Kevin Spacey’s scenes for “All the Money in the World,” and “Fantastic Beasts” fans joked that Plummer should just reshoot Depp’s scenes next:

It’s not too late to call Christopher Plummer, WB. #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/sjWPtgjGHW

— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) November 16, 2017

Let’s just replace Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts with Christopher Plummer and call it a day. It’s a much better casting choice for Grindelwald anyway. Get on it, WB.

— Martin Nixon (@Captain_Faraday) November 17, 2017

Can Christopher Plummer please replace Johnny Depp in #FantasticBeasts?

— Steve McMahon (@stevemcmahon13) November 16, 2017

When Harry Potter fans want to replace Johnny Depp with Christopher Plummer in #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/Odz5BRUKD8

— Mckenzie Cassidy (@MT_Cassidy) November 16, 2017

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is scheduled for release November 16th, 2018.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Super Mario Bros.’, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and More

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:


Super Mario Bros. is finally headed to the movies again: It’s been almost 25 years since the failed first Super Mario Bros. movie arrived in theaters, and now Nintendo is finally ready to let Hollywood try again, this time with an animated feature. Read more here.


Another Spider-Man villain gets his own movie: While Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his foes continue to get their own solo movies from Sony. The latest villain to get his due is Morbius, the Living Vampire. Read more here.


Fantastic Beasts 2 has a new title and first look photo: With one year away from…
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Prince Charming’ Lands ‘Wonder’ Director

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Prince Charming, and his brother, are headed to theaters.

“Wonder” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” director/writer Stephen Chbosky will write and possibly direct Disney’s reimagining of the iconic “Cinderella” hero. (It’s not crystal clear yet, but they may combine the “Cinderella” prince with the prince of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and maybe even “Sleeping Beauty.” Just a fresh take on the Disney prince trope.)

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Fogel wrote the initial script for this live-action “Prince Charming” movie, which examines the prince from the point of view of his brother, who never quite lived up to the family name.

It kinda-sorta sounds like what “Once Upon a Time” did with Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) on ABC. But we’ll see.

“Prince Charming” will reunite Stephen Chbosky with his “Wonder” team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV, whoare producing the film along with Tripp Vinson.

Chbosky wrote the book and screenplay for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and directed the movie with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Emma Watson’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.”

Disney has been on a live-action roll, including 2015’s “Cinderella,” which had Richard Madden as the prince. It’d be cool if Disney used this to create its own live-action universe, like Marvel and DC, and cast Madden in “Prince Charming,” this time as the supporting hero opposite whoever plays his brother. But Disney will probably go a different route.

We’ll have to stay tuned for what they *do* decide to do, as this Charming story moves forward.

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