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Mads Mikkelsen is officially joining the cast of Fantastic Beasts 3, replacing Johnny Depp, Warner Bros. has confirmed. Depp resigned from the franchise earlier this month after losing a libel case against The Sun, which branded him a "wife beater". Now, Danish actor Mikkelsen, famed for starring in Casino Royale and Hannibal, is taking up the role of Gellert Grindelwald instead. The film is set for release in summer 2022.

Mikkelsen is known for starring in Casino Royale and Hannibal (Credit: PA) And fans will be eagerly waiting to see how the actor depicts the iconic role of Grindelwald in the upcoming movie. Depp first appeared as Grindelwald in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and came back for the titular role in 2018, when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped. The Harry Potter prequel films also star famous faces including Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law as Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore, respectively. The news comes not long after Depp was told he couldn't appeal the High Court's ruling which confirmed that he had assaulted his ex-wife, Amber Heard. After losing the case, the 57-year-old was also ordered to pay the Sun, News Group Newspapers a sum of £630,000 for its legal fees.

Depp previously starred as Grindelwald in two movies (Credit: Warner Bros) Mikkelsen, who also starred in Marvel's Doctor Strange, will be reshooting after Depp previously filmed in the role for one day back in September, before leaving the franchise. Advert 10 Despite his short time on set, Depp will also still get his full salary for the role, seeing as he was on a 'pay-or-play contract' - which stipulates he's fully compensated even if the film is never made, or he isn't in it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pirates of The Caribbean actor will still bag the money from his eight-figure deal with the studio, and is set to walk away with at least $10 million (£7.6m) in his pocket. We don't know the plot of the new movie yet, although we do know it will involve Grindelwald causing more trouble. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen will play the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, Warner Bros confirmed on Wednesday.

He will replace Johnny Depp in the upcoming installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise (2016). Pirates of the Caribbean actor Depp played the role of Grindelwald in the first two films of the series, but he had to make an exit after losing a major libel suit against a newspaper in the UK that referred to him as a "wife beater" in a headline. Ruling on the lawsuit, a High Court judge said the article in The Sun was "substantially true." According to a report by Deadline, Mikkelsen was a quick pick for the role as Warner Bros Studios's third film in the series is already in production in the UK. Depp reportedly had only shot a single scene for the film, which is set to hit theatres on July 15, 2022. As per the EW, Depp's resignation from the film came after the actor lost the suit that alleged he was abusive towards his ex-wife, Aquaman actress Amber Heard.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor reportedly got paid his eight-figure salary as part of his "pay or play" deal with the studio. We're just a member of the team: Jude Law Last week, after the judge sided with the newspaper, Depp revealed in an Instagram post that he would no longer be associated with the Warner Bros' franchise, a spin-off based on JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Johnny Depp (@johnnydepp) "It's an enormous film, and there are many, many layers to it. It's probably one of the biggest productions I've ever worked on," Depp's co-star in the series, Jude Law told Entertainment Tonight, adding "And in a situation like this, you defer to the studio. That's all you can do. Because you have to turn up and play your part." "In a franchise like this, it's the studio and the company that make the big decisions. And you have to go along with those, because we're just a member of the team," said Law. Also Read: Margot Robbie To Lead The New Pirates Of The Caribbean Film Who is Mads Mikkelsen Actor Mads Mikkelsen is known for playing the role of serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter in the NBC series Hannibal. Last week when he was asked about joining the franchise, he denied saying, "Oh, that is on the rumor basis as we speak… So I know as much as you do from the newspapers. So I'm waiting for that phone call." Mikkelsen was also seen in Casino Royale and Marvel's Doctor Strange. He recently wrapped up the Doug Liman-directed Chaos Walking. Meanwhile, a judge on Thursday also has refused Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that found him guilty of assaulting Heard. Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about domestic violence. In the article, without naming Depp, she opened up and revealed that she was abused. The trial is due to be held next year. Read More Stories By Ria Das Warner Bros Pictures has confirmed James Bond actor Mads Mikkelsen will take over the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp in the third Fantastic Beasts film. Depp stepped down from the role after losing his high-profile libel case against The Sun newspaper over an article which labelled him a "wife beater". Danish actor Mikkelsen, 54, rose to prominence as shady banker Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig in 2006 Bond film Casino Royale. He also played Dr Hannibal Lecter in the television series Hannibal. Johnny Depp as Grindelwald He was refused permission to appeal against the judgement, but has been given until December 7 to apply directly to the Court of Appeal. Production on Fantastic Beasts 3 has been taking place in the UK, with Eddie Redmayne returning as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore. The film is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2022. Click here for more movie news. Composite image showing Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale and Johnny Depp in a Fantastic Beasts poster. (Sony Pictures/Warner Bros.) Warner Bros Pictures has confirmed Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen will take over the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp in the third Fantastic Beasts film. Depp stepped down from the role after losing his high-profile libel case against the Sun newspaper over an article which labelled him a "wife beater". Danish actor Mikkelsen, 54, rose to prominence as shady banker Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig in his debut 2006 Bond film. He also played Dr Hannibal Lecter in the television series Hannibal, and starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange. Read more: 12 times major movie roles were recast Known for playing villains, Mikkelsen has also shown great range playing more sympathetic characters in Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt and the forthcoming Another Round. Actor Mads Mikkelsen poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Arctic' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) In the Harry Potter universe, Grindelwald is an immensely powerful evil wizard, who is regarded as second only to Voldemort. Depp, 57, said he was asked to step down from the franchise by Warner Bros following his legal defeat. He was refused permission to appeal against the judgement last week, but has been given until 7 December to apply directly to the Court of Appeal. Johnny Depp and Ezra Miller on their own Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald character poster. (Warner Bros.) Warner Bros has given Fantastic Beasts 3 a release date of July 2022. Production is under way in the UK, having been disrupted first by the pandemic and then by the uncertainty caused by Depp's trial. Watch: Johnny Depp's appeal hits snag Fans had initially hoped Colin Farrell, who played a version of Grindelwald in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, would replace Depp but his The Batman commitments have ruled him out. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in the film while Jude Law stars as Albus Dumbledore. Mads Mikkelsen's next film Another Round, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, was recently named Best Film at the London Film Festival. Its release was delayed by the latest England lockdown. Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2022.