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Johnny Depp: Mads Mikkelsen Says He isn’t Replacing Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3

Published on November 19th, 2020 | Updated on November 19th, 2020 | By FanFest

Warner Bros quickly removed Johnny Depp from the Fantastic Beasts 3 film, forcing Depp to issue a statement that he was resigning from the role. However, Warner Bros did not anticipate the fan and internet support that Depp would receive after his resignation. There has been an outcry that Warner Bros is misaligned in its handling and that the allegations of abuse against Amber Heard are far worse. Yet, Heard remains in her role for Aquaman 2.

The third film in the franchise has had a lot of controversy surrounding it, as J.K. Rowling’s public image taking a battering over repeated accusations of transphobia, while Ezra Miller has yet to publicly comment on the viral video that saw him choking a female fan earlier this year.

With all of this happening, the logical choice of who would replace Depp as Grindelwald has been Colin Farrell, having played the antagonist in the first film.

According to a report, even if he was offered the chance to return to the franchise, his commitments to The Batman have reportedly rendered it impossible. Fantastic Beasts 3 has already begun shooting and a replacement would be needed immediately.

So who could replace Depp for the third film?

According to Deadline, “Put Mads Mikkelsen atop the list of actors being considered to replace Johnny Depp in the David Yates-directed Fantastic Beast 3, the third installment of the Harry Potter spinoff based on the JK Rowling fantasy franchise. Sources said he is Yates’ choice to play Grindelwald and he is in early talks. The aim is to keep on track a picture that recently moved its original November 12, 2021 release date to summer 2022. The cast led by Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law are already shooting.”

However, Mikkelsen, speaking with IGN, shot down the reports that said he’s in discussion to be the franchise’s new Grindelwald, telling them:

“Oh, that is on the rumor basis as we speak. So I know as much as you do from the newspapers. So I’m waiting for that phone call.”

This would be a very interesting choice, as Mads definitely has that darker side to him that would be appropriate for Grindelwald.

Fans, well, they have their own reaction to the story of Mads potentially taking over for Depp. Some good, some bad. You be the judge!

Who do you think should replace Johnny Depp? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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11 thoughts on “Johnny Depp: Mads Mikkelsen Says He isn’t Replacing Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3

  1. Sorry but other than bringing Depp back there is no one they can put in the role that would get me to see it. I am not a Depp fan but what they did to him was so wrong. It is a matter of principle.

  2. No one replaces Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3 OR Pirates of the Caribbean. If he isn’t in them I won’t watch either one. He isn’t the bad guy in the court case, she is. She is still working and he got let go??? Not fair.

  3. If anyone besides Johnny Depp plays the role of Grindelwald I will absolutely not see this movie or support it in any way shape or form. I am personally boycotting Warner Bros Studios for they’re hideous firing of Johnny Depp

  4. I dont have nothing against Mads Mikkelsen. He’s a fantastic actor. But, Johnny Depp shows in Fantastic Beasts so perfectly. Because of Me. Depp that Fantastic Beast came so popular. Warner Bros. Should reinstate Depp back into the Fantastic Beast Franchise.

  5. From a simple moral standpoint NO, at some point we need to ask ourselves is this the behavior we wish to enable and encourage?

    Warner Bros has decided to prejudge him before the case has even been judged and the evidence in his defense seems strong and well recorded, So in an age where hating corporations is popular, We the consumer must look in the mirror and see our part in this after all who buys the stuff from those we claim to hate? So will you look upon the maltreatment of a man you’ve loved for years, who has visited sick and dying cancer patients in his off time and say that’s “ok” or will you say “NO” this is wrong and do something about it?

  6. I don’t think replacing Depp is a good idea. When the counter part of the ordeal keeps her job. Let them do their jobs.let everyone move on.


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