Mads Mikkelsen recently addressed the reports that he is replacing Johnny Deep as Gellert Grindelwald in the next Fantastic Beasts film.
The Harry Potter franchise is no stranger to replacing major characters in the middle of the series. For instance, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban notably saw Michael Gambon succeed the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore. The series also removed Jamie Waylett, who played Crabbe, for growing cannabis. Now the Fantastic Beasts franchise will feature a new Grindelwald, with Johnny Depp stepping down and Mads Mikkelsen reportedly taking over the role.
While speaking with IGN, Mads Mikkelsen commented on the reports that he will be replacing Johnny Depp to portray Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film that is currently in production overseas:
“Oh, that is on the rumor basis as we speak. So I know as much as you do from the newspapers. So I’m waiting for that phone call.”
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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 Grindelwald is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Fantastic Beasts 3 is dated November 15, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Harry Potter franchise, Mads Mikkelsen, Johnny Depp, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content!