J.K. Rowling and 'Fantastic Beasts' Team Defend Johnny Depp's Casting

After watching the recently-released movie, some fans complained about Depp's appearance as the dark wizard, which is unveiled in the last minutes of the film.

AceShowbiz - Many Potterheads apparently find it's disappointing to have Johnny Depp portraying Gellert Grindelwald in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Upon watching the recently-released "Harry Potter" spin-off, some of audience took to Twitter to complain about Depp's appearance as the dark wizard, which is unveiled in the last minutes of the movie.

Fans said that Depp's pale-face makeup and his bleach-blonde hair looked similar to his comedic characters in movies like "The Lone Ranger", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". "Also very disappointed that Johnny Depp was in #FantasticBeasts," one user wrote. "Really turned me off and I hope they rethink signing him for future movies." Another user said that Depp looked "ridiculous."

However, J.K. Rowling and other fellow members of the "Fantastic Beasts" team have assured fans that Depp is the right one to portray Grindelwald. The British author said she was "delighted" by Depp's casting as the dark wizard and that "he's done incredible things with the character."

"He's iconic," producer David Heyman previously told PEOPLE, "He's an iconic actor and we needed an iconic actor to play this part. Johnny's created two or three iconic people, people who are unforgettable. He makes choices, and that was really, really important." He noted, "Johnny can do that. He was an absolute pleasure to work with."

Director David Yates asked fans "to trust" the team behind "Fantastic Beasts". "What you have to remember about Johnny is that extraordinary talent and that talent never goes away," he said. "He's a huge Potter fan. He loves the world. He was beyond excited about working on this material. In fact he didn't even want to see a script, he just said 'I'm in.' "

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