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In November 2020, we learned that Warner Bros. asked Johnny Depp to step down from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Despite being recast in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3, Depp reportedly still earned a salary. Now, we know just how much the actor allegedly made.
It’s definitely been an interesting few weeks for both Depp and the Fantastic Beasts franchise. In November, Depp announced that he was asked to resign from his role in the Harry Potter franchise. The news arrived shortly after Depp lost a libel case against the U.K.-based tabloid The Sun over a 2018 article alleging he was a “wife-beater.”
Although Depp plans to appeal the ruling, we learned that Warner Bros. has already recast him in Fantastic Beasts 3. After numerous rumors, the company confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen will be portraying Grindelwald going forward.
According to Deadline, Depp had only filmed one scene in Fantastic Beasts 3, making it easy for Mikkelsen to transition into the new role. Filming for the upcoming movie is currently underway following coronavirus delays. The franchise’s star Eddie Redmayne confirmed that production had begun in September 2020.
Despite the recast, however, Warner Bros. reportedly still had to pay Depp his full salary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp had “a pay-or-play contract, which requires that he be fully compensated whether or not the film is made and even if it is recast.”
Now, a new report has allegedly revealed just how much his Fantastic Beasts 3 salary was. This week, The Hollywood Reporter published a detailed expose about Depp’s alleged turbulent career over the years. Among the alleged findings was his reported payout for Fantastic Beasts 3. According to the report, Depp reportedly received $16 million for the upcoming film. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Depp’s contract for the franchise didn’t include a morality clause.
Fantastic Beasts 3 arrives July 15, 2022. The Hollywood Reporter‘s full expose on Depp is available to read here.