Fantastic Beasts: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp as Grindelwald

While the American actor lost his appeal against the Sun before being sacked from the project a few days later, the Warner announced that the Danish actor would resume the features of the main antagonist of the saga.

After Le Chiffre in James Bond and Hannibal Lecter in the eponymous series, Mads Mikkelsen will play a new big bad guy.
After The number in James Bond and Hannibal Lecter in the eponymous series, Mads Mikkelsen will play a new big bad. Provvisionato Marco / IPA / ABACA / – Niviere David / ABACA.

The character of Gellert Grindelwald changes face. Twenty days after announcing the dismissal of Johnny Depp from the saga Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros has made it known that the role of the antagonistic wizard of Albus Dumbledore will be reprized – it was in the pipes – by Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish actor is also a follower of the “dark side”, since he is the unavoidable Chiffre, enemy of James Bond in Casino Royale, or the icy Hannibal Lecter in the NBC series.

Another stab for Johnny Depp, ousted from the series after losing his libel case against The Sun . The interpreter of Captain Jack Sparrow had decided to attack the British daily published by News Group Newspapers after it qualified, without nuance, to be an abusive husband towards his ex-wife Amber Heard . After three weeks of trial in July, the High Court in London ruled against Johnny Depp on Monday, November 2, ruling that the qualifications of the Sun were “Substantially true” because “The vast majority of the alleged assaults had been proven”.

Johnny Depp has indicated his intention to appeal by breaking the news himself. “I want to let you know that Warner Bros asked me to resign. I respect and have accepted this request … I am determined to prove that the allegations against me are false. I refuse that my life and my career are defined by this judgment ”, he wrote on his social networks.

That of Mads Mikkelsen will actually be the third face of Grindelwald, after that of Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell, who played a “disguised” version of the wizard in the first film, after having usurped the identity of the director of magical security Percival Serious. The production of the third episode of Fantastic animals which saw its release postponed to the summer of 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, holds its new villain.


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