The new Gellert Grindelwald: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp’s career has been hit hard. But the film series “Fantastic Beasts” continues without him. There were already rumors about who could replace him in the role of the magician Gellert Grindelwald. Now they are confirmed.

The cast of the third “Fantastic Beasts” film is complete. As the production company Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed, a successor has been found for Johnny Depp, who has retired from his role.

That was once upon a time: Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

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The Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will appear as the Dark Magician Gellert Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts 3”. However, it is not known whether the 55-year-old has already started filming.

The third part of the film series with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller and many other stars is currently being produced in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside London. The premiere is planned for July 2022.

Full salary for dork

Johnny Depp had already returned to the set in his role of Gellert Grindelwald for the production of “Fantastic Beasts 3”. According to “The Hollywood Reporter” he shot one scene in London, then Warner Bros. asked him to resign.

The reason is Depp’s lost court battle against the editor of the British newspaper “The Sun”, which in 2018 described him as a “woman beater” after his failed marriage with fellow actor Amber Heard. Not only is Depp’s reputation badly damaged, it is also unclear whether he will be able to continue his career at all. But there is at least one consolation for the 57-year-old: his contract guarantees him the full fee for the film despite leaving “Fantastic Beasts 3”.

From “007” to “Star Wars”


In “Casino Royal” Mikkelsen was the villain.

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The film series is based on a novel by writer JK Rowling, who is also responsible for the scripts. Rumors that Mikkelsen could follow in Depp’s footsteps in the “Harry Potter” spin-off existed two weeks ago. Among other things, the US industry portal “Deadline” brought the Dane’s name into play.

That seemed to go down well with fans of the film series. Many people on the internet campaigned to entrust Mikkelsen with the role of Gellert Grindelwald. As a “Bond” villain or serial cannibal “Hannibal”, he has already proven that he has the necessary mix of a charismatic and diabolical character.

Mikkelsen, born in Copenhagen in 1965, made a name for himself in his homeland with pitch-black comedies such as “Danish Delicacies” or “Adam’s Apples” before Hollywood noticed him. In 2006 he defied “007” Daniel Craig in “Casino Royal”. In 2016 he was also seen in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

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