7 Controversial Film Castings That Angered Moviegoers

Harry Potter fans have been vocal about their disappointment over Johnny Depp‘s casting as Gillert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald.


Only adding to fans’ frustrations over the alleged abuser not being re-cast, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author J.K. Rowling seemed to brush off criticism over the decision to keep Depp in the role in a statement in late 2017.

“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,” she wrote.

While Depp is clearly not going anywhere when it comes to Fantastic Beasts — he’s the series’ main villain, after all — he’s hardly the first actor to draw the ire of fans.

Below, check out seven movie castings that were met with backlash: