The 54-year-old actor bagged a finale cameo in the first 'Fantastic Beasts' movie as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and the fans voiced their disappointment back when his casting was first announced .
Now, with the second movie, titled 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', promising a lot more Depp, last year's casting controversy has been thrown back into light .
One Twitterati wrote, "The cruelest trick a movie has ever played on us: replacing Colin Farrell with what appears to be the bloated, sun-bleached corpse of Johnny Depp," while another tweeted, "I wholeheartedly agree that Johnny Depp is a fantastic beast . However, I wish I did not know where to find him ."
Some have directly petitioned author JK Rowling to engineer his dismissal from the film .
"Really intrigued by the plot of #crimesofgrindelwald but will almost certainly not be seeing it in theaters . @jk_rowling and @WarnerBrosEnt should have ousted Depp from the franchise years ago . Despicable that he's heading the continuation of such a beloved story," wrote one .
Rowling had defended Depp's casting last year at the premiere of the first 'Fantastic Beasts' movie, saying she was "delighted" with it . "He's done incredible things with that character," she added .
Earlier in 2016, Heard had filed for a temporary restraining order against him, having alleged he had both physically and verbally abused her - claims which he denied . She later withdrew her request for the order . (ANI)