Johnny Depp revealed last week that he would no longer be playing the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 after he lost his libel case relating to abuse allegations by his former wife, Amber Heard, against a UK newspaper.
Mads Mikkelsen, a Danish star who is better known for films like Doctor Strange and Casino Royale, is currently in early negotiations to play the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 after the exit of Johnny Depp from the fantasy film series.
It was revealed last week by The Pirates of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp that he will no longer be playing the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the Warner Bros. franchise after he lost a libel case.
It has also been confirmed by the studio that the role of Depp will be recast before the film opens in the theatres. The third spin-off film in the Harry Potter universe of JK Rowling, which shut down shooting in the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is currently in the stages of production in the UK.
Mads Mikkelsen To Replace Johnny Depp In Fantastic Beasts 3
A source close to the production studio has recently revealed that Depp had shot just one scene as Gellert before leaving the film, so Mads would not need to replicate much footage.
Mads Mikkelsen is well known for playing memorable antagonists like a banker to terrorist organizations in Casino Royale, Le Chiffre, which was the first outing of Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy James Bond.
Also, he has played the role of supervillain Kaecilius opposite to Doctor Strange, whose role is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the cannibalistic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter in the NBC series titled Hannibal.
The actor will be joining the franchise stars Katherine Waterson, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, and Alison Sudol if the deal is finalized. David Yates is the one who is directing the film from a screenplay by Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling.
Kloves, Rowling, Lionel Wigram, and David Heyman are producing. Johnny Depp played the role of Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in the year 2016. He reprised the part in 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and was set to start shooting for the third part next year.