Radcliffe breaks silence on Depp casting controversy

Radcliffe breaks silence on Depp casting controversy

Radcliffe breaks silence on Depp casting controversy

Depp was accused by Heard of domestic assault and verbal abuse, allegations he denied. And J.K. Rowling didn't exactly help the situation when she defended the decision.

Daniel drew comparison with Johnny's re-casting, suggesting that what he is accused of is "much greater" than the drug bust of his fellow Potter castmate.

We're still months away from the debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but Johnny Depp's presence in the film continues to cause controversy among fans. Many fans were horrified to learn of Depp's involvement, given the abuse allegations the actor's ex-wife Amber Heard lodged against him in 2016.

Now, however, Daniel Radcliffe - who played the titular role in all eight Harry Potter films - is speaking up, too.

Radcliffe noted that he wants to be supportive of the producers who gave him the opportunity to be the boy who lived.

Radcliffe elaborated that he did not want to speak negatively about the people who gave him the unbelievable opportunity that helped shape his career, however he could understand the fan's frustrations.

After Depp was revealed to be playing the title character in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, fans began asking Warner Bros.to remove the actor from the important role. John Phillips/Getty Images; Warner Bros.

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Radcliffe was referring to Vincent Crabbe actor Jamie Waylett, who appeared in six Harry Potter films before being dropped from the two-part adaptation of the final book The Deathly Hallows after being arrested for growing 10 marijuana plants in 2009.

The Harry Potter depicter went on saying that the producers were the ones who "gave me a great start in life and an incredible job".

Rowling and Director, David Yates, have stood by their decision to cast Depp, however; now Radcliffe is giving his thoughts on the matter and they don't exactly align with his former colleagues. Author JK Rowling already spoke her part in a statement she released after the public outcry.

JK Rowling publicly defended Depp in a statement late a year ago, saying that "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".

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open in theaters November 16.

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