Mads Mikkelsen is Replacing Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts 3 Movie
He is Hollywood’s go-to bad guy.
Based on reports, Mads Mikkelsen will be replacing Johnny Depp for the highly beloved role of Grindelwald in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film. Previously for two movies in the franchise, the role was played by Johnny Depp.
Earlier, it was revealed that Johnny Depp was asked to resign by Warner Bros. due to his trial outcomes. And Depp complied without any hesitation.
In a public release statement, the studio representatives said, “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theatres worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
Apart from Mads Mikkelsen, there were rumors that Colin Farrell might be the one to replace Johnny Depp. Jamie Campbell also seemed like a suitable option as he had played the role of a younger Grindelwald in the Harry Potter series. Furthermore, he also appeared in the second Fantastic Beasts movie.
Mads Mikkelsen could be a decent choice as the 54 years old actor is quite well known for his roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the lead in Hannibal, and as Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.
Along with that, Johnny Depp will be receiving more than $10 Million USD for the new film even though he has only filmed one scene as of yet. This scene was filmed before he lost his libel suit for being labeled as a ‘wife-beater’.
It is a part of the actor’s contract, as a result of which Johnny Depp will receive compensation whether or not the film goes on-screen and/or a recast happens.
This is not the only Johnny Depp film over which fans have been uncertain. After the initial accusations by Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s career has been taking uncertain turns since 2017.
Regarding his resignation, Johnny Depp said, “I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.” He further added, “The surreal judgment of the court in the UK will not change my fight, to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.”