Mads Mikkelsen Replaces Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise

Warner Bros. has officially cancelled Johnny Depp as Fantastic Beasts Baddie Gellert Grindelwald

Warner Bros. announced last year that they have replaced Johnny Depp with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round, Hannibal). It can be speculated that the decision to remove Depp from the role was fuelled by the insanely public lawsuit against British newspaper ‘The Sun’ last year after one of their articles labelled him a “wife-beater”.

Depp lost his defamation case against the tabloid giants in November 2020 and issued a short statement on social media that expressed his gratitude for all who supported him, and that Warner Bros. had asked him to resign from Fantastic Beasts. 

Mikkelsen is best known for his portrayal of Doctor Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal (2013-2015) and more recently, Danish feature Another Round (2020), which is quickly gaining award attention. Mads has quite the acting credentials and even featured in the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One. As sad as we are about Johnny Depp’s departure, we cannot wait to see how Mr Mikkelsen handles his new role as the dark wizard in the Fantastic Beasts universe.

Mikkelsen will take over the role from Depp as Geralt Grindelwald, and continue the story alongside Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates.

The next magical instalment will see director David Yates return and reunite with producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis, all of whom previously collaborated on the last two movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The third instalment is currently being filmed in London at Warner Bros. Leavesden studios and is set for release 15 July, 2022.

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Linzi Wilson

Written by Linzi Wilson

As the creator and founder of Screen Bunny, Linzi is determined to raise the bar for female film aficionados and like-minded women across the globe. With a masters degree in Film Distribution & Marketing and glossy industry experience, you could say she knows a thing or two about the business.


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