Jude Law says ‘it was unusual’ that Johnny Depp was ousted from ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

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  • "Fantastic Beasts" franchise star Jude Law says Johnny Depp's ousting from the upcoming movie was "unusual for [him]" because Depp had already done one day of filming.
  • In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Dumbledore actor said, "In a situation like this, you defer to the studio. That's all you can do."
  • Depp will reportedly be paid his full eight-figure salary for the third "Fantastic Beasts" movie even though he won't appear in it due to his contract.
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One of Johnny Depp's "Fantastic Beasts" costars is speaking out about his recent ousting from the third installment of the franchise.

Jude Law, who stars in the "Harry Potter"-based film franchise as young Albus Dumbledore, told Entertainment Tonight: "And in a situation like this, you defer to the studio. That's all you can do. Because you have to turn up and play your part."

"It was unusual for me because, in fact, on this particular role, Johnny had actually only done a day's filming, I think, on his own," Law continued.

Last week, Depp revealed that he was "asked to resign" from the "Fantastic Beasts" movie franchise in a typed letter shared on Instagram. The announcement came just days after Depp lost a libel case against a UK newspaper publisher, who had written an article describing the actor as a "wife-beater."

The accusation was in connection to his relationship with ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Jude Law and Johnny Depp played Dumbledore and Grindelwald, respectively, in the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts."
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Depp has continuosly denied accusations of domestic violence.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp will receive his full eight-figure salary for the third "Fantastic Beasts" movie even though he will no longer appear in the film. The pay day is due to the actor's "pay or play" contract, which guarantees his compensation regardless if he appears in the final cut of the film or not.

"In a franchise like this, it's the studio and the company that make the big decisions," Law continued. "And you have to go along with those, because we're just a member of the team."

So far Depp's role of Gellert Grindelwald hasn't been recast, though some early reports claim Mads Mikkelsen is being considered for the job.

"Fantastic Beasts 3" is currently scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2022. The movie will reportedly focus even more on young Dumbledore, which means fans can expect to see plenty of Law.

You can read everything we know about the movie so far here.

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