Mads Mikkelsen Praises Johnny Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Performances

Mads opened up about life as the new Grindelwald.

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Mads Mikkelsen recently delved into his approach to Gellert Grindelwald now that he is confirmed to replace Johnny Depp as the Fantastic Beasts 3 villain.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Johnny Depp was revealed as Gellert Grindelwald, which set the stage for the planned five-film franchise. Grindelwald has a famous history in the Wizarding World that Harry Potter fans are well versed in. While Grindelwald’s inclusion in the Fantastic Beasts franchise was a major connection, the series recently had to move away from Depp and find a new actor in Mads Mikkelsen to play Dumbledore’s lover and foe.

The news of Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald was finally confirmed last week as filming for Fantastic Beasts 3 continues overseas. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Mikkelsen opened up about playing Grindelwald and the circumstances that gave him the opportunity in the first place:

“Well it’s going to be me, so that’s a difference. No, this is the tricky part. We’re still working it out. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I’m going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own. But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn’t completely detach from what he’s already masterfully achieved. Job wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice. It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances. I hope both of them will be back in the saddle again really soon.”

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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, the second film 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 3 is currently scheduled for a July 15, 2022 release. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Harry Potter franchise, Johnny Depp, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.