Mads Mikkelsen is supposedly in early arrangements to supplant Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the impending up ’til now untitled Fantastic Beast 3, the third section in the five-film Harry Potter turn off adventure. Depp left the job recently in line with studio Warner Brothers., after he lost a libel suit against English newspaper The Sun, which had depicted him as a “wifebeater.” The London High Court judge decided that Depp had more than once attacked previous spouse Amber Heard and accordingly, The Sun article was “generously evident.” Depp plans to claim the decision.
According to Deadline, it first brought word of Mikkelsen’s potential hiring for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, noting that director David Yates — who has helmed every Wizarding World movie since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — has picked the 54-year-old Danish actor as he is a “big fan.” Mikkelsen is best known for his turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in psychological horror-thriller series Hannibal, the Bond villain in Casino Royale, the antagonist Kaecilius in the Marvel movie Doctor Strange, and the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Danish drama The Hunt.
While Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production in the UK, Depp had filmed just one scene before he was asked to leave. He is still set to get his full salary for Fantastic Beasts 3 thanks to a contract clause. Still, Mikkelsen wouldn’t have to do much to catch up. If he joins, Mikkelsen will star alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, and Victoria Yeates.
Fantastic Beasts 3 is slated to release July 15, 2022 in cinemas worldwide, delayed eight months due to COVID-19 and Depp’s departure.