Mads Mikkelsen is being eyed to succeed Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Shortly after Johnny Depp announced his exit from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Warner Bros. is hot on the heels of a replacement. Deadline is reporting that Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to replace Depp in the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Mikkelsen is known for his roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange.
Warner Bros. issued a statement on Depp’s exit, confirming that his role as Grindelwald will be recast for the upcoming third film, which is currently in production and is on track for its 2022 release.
“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 theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
Johnny Depp’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, had already noted that the star will be appealing the outcome of the libel case, explaining “it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision” as well as calling the verdict “flawed”.
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Here is the official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldis now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Fantastic Beasts 3 is dated for November 12, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content!