Fantastic Beasts: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp

Carla Harmon
November 26, 2020

"I wish to let you know that 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 announced on Instagram earlier this month.

According to Deadline, "Warner Bros on Wednesday confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3".

Johnny Depp has been ordered to pay £630,000 ($AU1.14 million) in legal fees and was denied permission to appeal the results of a recent United Kingdom court case, which found British tabloid The Sun did not libel the actor by calling him a "wife beater". Prior to the confirmation, the Danish actor even hinted at his involvement with the film when he did not outright deny the rumours. The studio asked him to resign from the franchise after the United Kingdom court agreed with The Sun that he was a "wife-beater" during his tumultuous marriage with ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor was essaying the role of Gellert Grindelwald and had only filmed one scene in the third part.


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Depp first played Grindelwald in 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

"I feel this won't be doing his career any favours".


A petition was set up to have Amber Heard axed from the new Aquaman movie. The news comes less than a week after Mikkelsen responded to reports of his casting saying, "that is on the rumour basis". We'll spend our money elsewhere.

In the image, Depp held the award while smiling behind bars.

It wrote: "Johnny Depp earned himself a reputation of a true acting chameleon capable of handling basically everything that the screenwriters, directors, costume designers, make-up artists and others threw at him". He is expected to be in London soon to start shooting.


The festival also name-checked several of Depp's movies, including the upcoming third instalment of the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.

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