“Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,” the studio said.
“Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and will debut in theatres worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
The 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star reacted via social media on Friday. saying he had been “asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request”.
The judge ruled Depp’s feelings towards his wife during their turbulent three-year relationship were summed up in a text where the actor revealed he had “no mercy” for her.
Heard was The Sun’s star witness in the trial, which lay bare extraordinary revelations about the marriage of Depp and Heard, 34.
They included an instance of faeces in a hotel bed – supposedly Heard’s, but the judge ruled it was canine – and Depp smearing “I love you” on a mirror in blood.
In court, Depp accused Heard of making up her allegations, while acknowledging wide-ranging drug problems.
However, he insisted he is “not a violent person, especially with women,” a characterisation that was backed up in statements from former partners Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis.
Judge Nichol concluded Depp beat Ms Heard on 12 out of the 14 instances of domestic violence alleged by Heard – starting in 2013 when he slapped the actress when she made a comment about his tattoo.
Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in 2015. They separated the following year and divorced in 2017.
He sued The Sun over an article about his casting in the Fantastic Beast series, entitled, “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”.