Mads Mikkelsen recently shared that he wanted to meet with Johnny Depp and teased how his take on Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 is slightly different.
While Fantastic Beasts 3 was in production, Warner Bros. notably replaced Johnny Depp with Mads Mikkelsen as Grindelwald. In a conversation with The Sunny Times, Mikkelsen opened up about joining the Fantastic Beasts sequel on such short notice:
“I mean, obviously, they were going to do the film, and obviously he was not involved any more. But I didn’t have a dog in that fight. And I don’t know what happened [in his private life], and I don’t know if it was fair, him losing the job, but I just knew that the show was going on, and I would’ve loved to have talked to him about it if I had the chance, but I just don’t know him in that sense. But they called me and they were obviously in a hurry, and I loved the script and so said yes. And I know it was controversial for many people, but that’s just the way it plays out once in a while.”
Filming on Fantastic Beasts 3 is finished, and Mads Mikkelsen also teased in the interview how his Grindelwald will differ from Johnny Depp’s:
“I didn’t want to copy what Johnny had done. I think he’s a masterful actor, so copying him would’ve been creative suicide. I had to figure out something that was definitely my own, and yet also act as a bridge to what he had done. My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we’ll have to wait for the film’s release [next year] to find out.”
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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: The Sunday Times