Johnny Depp stepped out of the Fantastic Beasts franchise at the request of Warner Bros. The role of the legendary villain Grindelwald was suddenly without an actor. But now there is official confirmation from Warner who will replace Depp.
In some circles it got around as a rumor, but for most viewers it comes as a surprise: Mads Mikkelsen will replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in the next film in the Fantastic Beasts series. A week ago, Mads Mikkelsen had said about the rumors "Oh, that's just a rumor right now. So I know as much as you do from the newspapers. So I'm waiting for the call." (via Gamesradar). Mads Mikkelsen is known from a wide variety of films, but has already demonstrated in Casino Royale and the Hannibal series how well he can play a villain.
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When does Fantastic Beasts 3 appear?
Actually, the shooting of the third part had already started in March 2020, but the shooting was interrupted by the pandemic. The story of the film will only play a few years after Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald's Crimes and should actually come to the cinema in November 2021. Due to the new appointment and postponements due to Corona, this date must be viewed with skepticism.
Why did Johnny Depp get out?
Johnny Depp is currently in legal proceedings that revolve around his behavior and that of his ex-wife Amber Heard (known from Aquaman). Most recently he lost in court to a British newspaper that called him a woman bully, against which he wanted to proceed. The assumption is that this bad publicity has now become too much for Warner Bros. The official statement from Depp states: "I was asked by Warner Bros to step down from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, and I have respected that and I am following that request."
What do you think of this new appointment? Does Mads Mikkelsen suit you to Grindelwald? Do you even prefer him to Johnny Depp? Write us in the comments!
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