Mads Mikkelsen to replace Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts film franchise
ames Bond star Mads Mikkelsen will take over the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp in the third Fantastic Beasts film, Warner Bros Pictures has now confirmed.
Deep, 57, 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” in stories of alleged abuse against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34.
The news was also confirmed by Warner Bros.
Depp is only reported to have only shot one scene for the new film, which is currently in production at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden outside of London.
Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.
Mads Mikkelsen and his wife at the premiere of Falling
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The release date is now set at 15 July 2022.
Mikkelsen rose to prominence as shady banker Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig in 2006 Bond film Casino Royale.
Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander
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He also played Dr Hannibal Lecter in the television series Hannibal.
In the Harry Potter universe, Grindelwald is an immensely powerful evil wizard, who is regarded as second only to Voldemort.
Colin Farrell, who played Grindelwald in the first movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is currently starring in the new Batman film. He is playing villain Penguin – and so unable to return to Fantastic Beasts, reports suggest.