Fantastic Beasts 3: The Best Match For Replacing Johnny Depp’s Role

Fantastic Beasts 3 will see Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, but the past roles of the actor show he is a better fit for the part. 

Johnny’s interpretation of the character was too out of place in the world of the r prequels of Harry Potte, but Mikkelsen can make the villain more believable and complex. This is a chance for the series to reinvent and reintroduce Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts 3 | Mads Mikkelsen Replacing Johnny Depp
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Ralph Fiennes played the role of Lord Voldemort as a flashy, perhaps even flamboyant character with a really evil laugh and snake-like face in the Harry Potter films. Fiennes’ choices worked for the young adventures of Harry Potter and the epic battles in the movies between good and evil, but the Fantastic Beasts series has an entirely different tone.

First, it has Newt Scamander as its lead protagonist, and, unlike Harry, Newt is an adult who is already sure of himself and his place in the world. Newt and his companions are not in a coming-of-age story, and the Wizarding World is no longer a place of awe and mystery.

Fantastic Beast 3: The Best Match For Replacing Johnny Depp’s Role

Instead, the prequel series gives audiences a much more severe and down-to-earth world of bleak themes such as societal strife, prejudice, and the rise of fascism. Even the outfits and the color palette of the films signal a more mature tone. But Johnny Depp’s role of Grindelwald felt different.

From his looks as Gilbert to his acting, he appears to be out of place and even somewhat cartoonish. Johnny is known for playing unique, eccentric characters, but Grindelwald was never meant to bizarre. Thus he feels like a less exciting version of Voldemort.

Meanwhile, from the NBC series Hannibal, Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lecter was the right balance between charismatic and menacing. Hannibal was not his first or only time playing the role of villain either.

Fantastic Beasts 3 | Mads Mikkelsen Replacing Johnny Depp
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In Casino Royale, he played the role of Le Chiffre, and later, he fought with Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange as Kaecilius. But it’s his Hannibal that shows why Mikkelsen is an excellent replacement for Grindelwald.

Mikkelsen’s Hannibal was sad, melancholic, and predatory, and charismatic, exactly how Gilbert Grindelwald is supposed to be. He is a tragic but vile character.

Unlike Voldemort, Gilbert uses charisma to have people join his cause, and, most importantly, his past with great magician Albus Dumbledore indicates he has a human heart.

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