Now that Johnny Depp won’t be joining Fantastic Beasts 3, Warner Bros. has found his replacement.
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will be playing the role of Grindelwald in the third instalment of the movie after Depp was forced to resign following his loss over a libel suit that involved his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Mikkelsen is a popular actor having taken part in some blockbuster movies himself. He was a part of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, Polar- a Netflix Original, and the James Bond movie Casino Royale. He is best known for portraying Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal and for his role as Lucas in The Hunt.
Presently, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 is filming at Studios Leavesden where Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, and Katherine Waterston are all excited to start filming their brand new adventure.
Meanwhile, Depp played Grindelwald is the first two parts of the movie. The 57-year-old actor lost a libel case involving his former wife. He sued The Sun for calling him a “wife beater”but he lost the case. This caused the production company to fire him.
He announced his resignation on Instagram four days later. He wrote, “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 added, “I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.”
Depp has a pay-or-play contract which means he will receive his salary despite being recast. This isn’t the only scandal that involved the Harry Potter series as the author herself, J.K. Rowling received backlash after her transphobic comments on social media. Many of the original Harry Potter stars like Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe came to the transgender community’s rescue and criticized Rowling.
On the other hand, Redmayne also shared his thoughts regarding the controversy. She told Variety in June, “As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”
Rowling also returns as producer for Fantastic Beasts 3 while David Yates is also back as director.
Fantastic Beasts 3 will heat theatres on July 15, 2022.