11 November 2020 18:30
Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen is set to replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, it has been reported. According to Deadline, Mikkelsen is in talks to join the cast of the third instalment of the JK Rowling-scripted fantasy series, which had been derailed by the failure of Depp's libel action against the Sun. Depp said he had been "asked to resign" by Warner Bros, the producing studio, and had left the project. Mikkelsen is reportedly director David Yates's first choice for the role of Grindelwald, the "dark wizard" who was the chief antagonist of the second film in the series Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen could be the new Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, according to US reports. Image: Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the second Fantastic Beasts film.
Three years younger than Depp at 54, Mikkelsen has made his name playing villains including Le Chiffre in 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, Kaecilius in Marvel movie Doctor Strange and Hannibal Lecter in TV series Hannibal. Grindelwald was played by Depp in the first and second films in the series and he had been due to reprise the role in the third Harry Potter spin-off. Following the decision, the 57-year-old star revealed that he "was asked to resign by Warner Bros" and that he had "respected that and agreed to that request". In an earlier statement, Warner Bros thanked Depp "for his work on the films to date" and confirmed that the third movie will be released worldwide in the summer of 2022. Filming is now under way in the UK, with Eddie Redmayne starring once again as Newt Scamander, Jude Law playing a young Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter author JK Rowling co-writing the script.
'Secondly, 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. ACTOR Mad Mikkelsen is tipped to replace Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. The 54-year-old is reportedly in talks to take over the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 after Depp announced Warner Bros asked him to withdraw from the upcoming film. 5 Mad Mikkelsen is tipped to replace Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise Credit: Splash News A film insider told Deadline: "[Mikkelsen] is Yates' choice to play Grindelwald and he is in early talks." Danish actor Mads is known for his portrayal of Hannibal in the series of the same name and previously played villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. Yesterday, it was reported that Johnny will earn his full $10million ($7.5 million) salary for filming only ONE scene on Fantastic Beasts 3.
5 The 54-year-old is reportedly in talks to take over the role of Grindelwald, previously played by Depp Credit: Kobal Collection - Rex Features According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production company must pay the 57-year-old actor in full for his work on the movie even though he had only filmed one scene so far. The studio informed the film's crew last week that Johnny will no longer play Gellert Grindelwald in the J.K. Rowling series. Mads Mikkelsen is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to play Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, after Johnny Depp stepped down from the role last week. As reported by Deadline, Mikkelsen is Fantastic Beasts 3 director David Yates' pick to fill the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, catapulting the actor to the top of the list of candidates at Warner Bros. With Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, and the rest of the Fantastic Beasts 3 cast already filming scenes, Warner Bros. "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," Depp said in a statement released after he lost in a court battle against a British newspaper. Filming on the yet-untitled Fantastic Beasts 3 was initially set to commence in March of this year, but the then-emerging pandemic convinced Warner Bros.