Depp to get full salary despite 'Fantastic Beasts' ouster

Filed on November 10, 2020

He had shot just one scene from the film.

Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who was asked to resign from his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, will reportedly earn his full salary of $10 million for having shot just one scene in the latest film of the saga.

Last week, Depp revealed that he has been forced to exit the franchise after he lost his case against The Sun that published an article in 2018 alleging he was a "wife beater".

Sources said Warner Bros. will have to pay full salary to Depp as per his contract. Depp shot just one scene since production began on September 20 in London. The actor had a "pay-or-play" contract, which requires that he be fully compensated whether or not the film is made and even if he substituted by another actor.

On November 5, the London crew of the yet untitled-third Fantastic Beasts film were informed by the studio that they were letting Depp go. Warner Bros. reportedly did not terminate Depp's contract but requested him to step down.

Depp portrayed dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the popular film franchise. According to sources, the studio "wanted to allow due process to take its course before making a decision on the star's future in the franchise".

"Once Judge Andrew Nicol ruled that he accepted Heard's testimony, which was detailed and painted a picture of Depp as an abuser, Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich's decision was a fait accompli, with the studio opting to recast the role less than midway through the franchise," read the report.

The first two installments of the franchise have collectively grossed more than $1.4 billion globally. The third film is set for release on July 15, 2022.