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Johnny Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casting Defended by Director

Johnny Depp is set to star in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but his casting has drawn some criticism due to his alleged domestic violence incidents.

David Yates, the director of the first movie, has opened up to defend the casting decision.

“The whole principal of casting the movie was go for the best actor; go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. As we started to approach Grindelwald, we thought, ‘Who’s going to take this in an interesting direction?’ In this business — it’s a weird old business — you’re a star one week, people are saying odd things the next, but no one takes away your pure talent,” David told Screen Rant.

Johnny Depp is a real artist and he’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor and we were excited about seeing what he would do with this kind of character. He’s fearless, he’s imaginative, he’s ambitious. We thought he’d do something fun and special. So we went for him purely on that selfish basis, we don’t care if he’s famous or not famous, we just know he’s interesting,” he added.

Johnny was cast in the movie well before his split from Amber Heard as his scenes for the first movie were filmed in January.

Johnny Depp Suits Up To Get Honored At 2016 Rhonda's Kiss Benefit Concert!

Johnny Depp is all smiles while hitting the stage in suit at the 2016 Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit Concert held at El Rey Theatre on Thursday (November 3) in Los Angeles.

The 53-year-old Oscar-nominated actor was joined by Zachary Levi, Brenton Thwaites, and performers Juliette Lewis, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Weezer’s Scott Shriner, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Velvet Revolver’s Dave Kushner and Queens of the Stone Age’s Joey Castillo at the event benefiting Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment.

“Cancer affects many lives and this year it was my family’’s turn,” Johnny explained in the press release. “The team at Cedars-Sinai works tirelessly to help people in their darkest moments. Their work is invaluable to all of us, and I will support any opportunity to help shine a light on the cause through Rhonda’s Kiss.”

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Johnny Depp Joins Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

Exciting news – Johnny Depp has joined the cast of the sequel for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

The 53-year-old Oscar-nominated actor will play a co-starring role in the Harry Potter universe alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, according to Deadline.

While it is not yet known who Johnny will play in the film, he is rumored to be making a quick appearance in the first installment of the franchise, out in theaters on November 18.

The upcoming movie follows a secret community of witches and wizards in New York and is set 70 years before the events in Harry Potter.

Javier Bardem & Brenton Thwaites Star in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Teaser Trailer!

The first teaser trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been released!

The first look at the fifth installment in the franchise sees Javier Bardem‘s villainous character Captain Salazar visiting Brenton Thwaites‘ character Henry in his prison cell and giving him the task of finding Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

“Find Sparrow for me and relay a message from Captain Salazar and tell him, ‘Death comes straight for him.’ Will you say that to him? Please?” Javier says in the clip.

Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters everywhere on May 26, 2017.

Teaser Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Johnny Depp & Daisy Ridley Join 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Murder on the Orient Express!

According to THR, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, and Judy Dench are also in the cast.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the story “centers on special detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, also the director), who boards a train from Jerusalem to Europe only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there’s another victim.”

Murder on the Orient Express is slated to hit theaters on November 22, 2017.

Marilyn Manson Says Pal Johnny Depp Was 'Crucifed Unjustly'

Marilyn Manson is speaking out in defense of his longtime friend Johnny Depp.

The 47-year-old singer opens up about their friendship and references Amber Heard‘s abuse allegations in a new interview.

Lily-Rose is my goddaughter and I was there when [his son] Jack was born, so we go back,” Manson told The Daily Beast. “Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know – to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends, and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified – unjustly.”

Marilyn continued, “I would stand by him on anything. As my friend, I know that he’s handling it the best he can and he’s a great dad, too. It fills me with joy to see his kids grow up and be so smart, and so hilarious. We played a show together not too long ago. It’s hard to say when you talk about your friends. Of course I think that all of it was bullsh-t, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn’t agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I’ve witnessed.”

Amber Heard Calls Out Johnny Depp, Insists He Donate $14 Million Due to Tax Deduction

Amber Heard is calling out Johnny Depp for sending her divorce settlement money directly to the the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

In sending the money directly himself, he’s not actually paying the full $7 million from the settlement, because he would be getting a charitable tax deduction, TMZ reports.

“If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber,” Amber‘s reps said. “We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years. Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported.”

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