JK Rowling has finally spoken out on Johnny Depp's casting in 'Fantastic Beasts' and defended the decision, despite allegations of domestic violence against the star.
In a statement on her website, Rowling said that she and the producers acknowledged fans' concerns, but would stand by their casting decision.
On Twitter, Rowling linked to her blog post and said: “I’m saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue.”
Depp was accused of domestic abuse from ex-wife Amber Heard, and the case was settled in January. But some fans have reacted strongly against Depp's casting in the Fantastic Beasts films and have threatened to boycott the film.
'For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people [Depp and Heard], both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.'
'I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.'