This is not good news for either next year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales or the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which featured a surprise appearance by the actor, in order to set up his future starring role in its four(!) sequels. Warners Bros. Pictures hired Depp to play a key role in the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise before Heard’s accusations were made public and Alice Through the Looking Glass was a bust at the box office. The studio has already been forced to deal with the controversy over his casting in the series, too.
If the Marvel model truly is the new standard for Hollywood success, however, then much of the casting choice’s ramifications should be mitigated. Fantastic Beasts has performed quite well at the global box office (having now grossed over $600 million in less than a month of release), so it remains to be seen what effect Depp’s fading star-power has on the commercial performance of its sequels – if any noticeable one. The same goes for Disney’s next Pirates of the Caribbean installment.