Mads Mikkelsen to Replace Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

Update, November 25: Per an official release from Warner Bros.: The studio announced now that

Update, November 25: Per an official release from Warner Bros.: The studio announced now that Mads Mikkelsen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Hannibal,” “Casino Royale”) has been solid as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third “Fantastic Beasts” movie. The hottest installment in the collection is at the moment in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outdoors of London. The journey proceeds as Warner Bros. Pictures’ 3rd “Fantastic Beasts” movie normally takes audiences again to the beloved Wizarding Entire world for an all-new, globe-trotting experience. The newest installment of “Fantastic Beasts” characteristics an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Principle of Everything”), Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, and two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Gifted Mr. Ripley”).

The movie reunites director David Yates and producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis, all of whom experienced collaborated on the past two films in the sequence “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger and Courtenay Valenti serve as executive producers. Screenwriters are J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves. The release day for the third “Fantastic Beasts” installment is July 15, 2022 and will be distributed around the globe by Warner Bros. Pictures. Mikkelsen is repped by UTA and Art Management in Denmark.

Before: The casting lookup to exchange Johnny Depp in “Fantastic Beasts 3” is relocating immediately, as Deadline studies “Hannibal” preferred Mads Mikkelsen is the leading decision to consider more than the villainous part of Gellert Grindelwald. Per Deadline: “Sources mentioned [Mikkelsen] is Yates’ preference to enjoy Grindelwald and he is in early talks. The intention is to preserve on monitor a photograph that not long ago moved its initial November 12, 2021 launch date to summer season 2022. The cast led by Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law are presently shooting.”

Johnny Depp produced his debut as the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise’s significant lousy at the stop of the 2016 film, and he reprised the function in a substantially larger capacity for the 2018 sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Depp declared previous week he was exiting the franchise just after Warner Bros. requested him to resign from the purpose pursuing a significantly-publicized libel case in opposition to The Sunshine. Depp misplaced the authorized struggle as the U.K. decide dismissed Depp’s libel case and sided in favor of The Sunshine, which named Depp a “wife beater.”

However Depp will not be showing up in the film, he will be obtaining the complete eight-figure wage he was set to gain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp filmed just just one scene for “Fantastic Beasts 3” right before exiting the job.

“In mild of the latest situations, I would like to make the adhering to quick statement,” Depp wrote November 6 on Instagram. “Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their guidance and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your numerous messages of appreciate and worry, particularly about the past handful of times.”

Depp continued, “I desire to allow you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my position as Grindelwald in Amazing Beasts and I have revered and agreed to that request.”

Warner Bros. wrote in its personal statement: “Johnny Depp will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. We thank Johnny for his perform on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is now in manufacturing, and the position of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The movie will debut in theaters all over the world in the summer of 2022.”

As documented this week, Depp will nevertheless be paid his comprehensive 8-figure salary even with not appearing in “Fantastic Beasts 3.” The actor only filmed just one scene in the movie prior to exiting. “Fantastic Beasts 3” will open in theaters July 15, 2022.

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