Johnny Depp has resigned from the Fantastic Beasts series after losing his recent libel case, he announced on Friday.
Depp revealed the news in an Instagram post shared to his 7.4 million followers, confirming that he had been asked to resign by bosses at Warner Bros. and had accepted the request.
"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request," he wrote.
Depp went on to thank his supporters before confirming that he will be appealing the decision made in court earlier this week.
The news comes just four days after Depp lost his legal battle against the Sun newspaper following the publication of an article claiming he had assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp denied the allegations and sued the publication for libel.
In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. thanked Depp for his work before confirming that the role of Grindelwald will be recast.
You can read Depp's full statement here.
In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.
Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.
Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.