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Mads Mikkelsen Breaks Silence On Replacing Johnny Depp In Fantastic Beasts

by : Julia Banim on : 03 Dec 2020 11:54
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Mads Mikkelsen has broken his silence about replacing Johnny Depp in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3 movie.

The Hannibal actor was cast as the magical character Gellert Grindelwald after Warner Bros. requested that Depp resign from the prequel franchise.

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This decision was made after Depp lost his libel lawsuit against The Sun newspaper in regards to an article that alleged he had been physically abusive towards his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard.

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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the switch, Mikkelsen, 55, discussed how his portrayal might differ from Depp’s, revealing:

Well it’s going to be me, so that’s a difference. No, this is the tricky part. We’re still working it out. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I’m going to do.

And at the same time, I also have to make it my own. But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn’t completely detach from what he’s already masterfully achieved.

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Opening up about his initial reaction to landing the part under such difficult circumstances, Mikkelsen added:

Job-wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice. It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances. I hope both of them will be back in the saddle again really soon.

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Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure in early November with a brief statement:

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Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.

Taking to Instagram with a statement of his own, Depp wrote that he had been asked to resign from the part of Grindelwald, and that he had ‘respected and agreed to that request’.

He continued:

My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.

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On November 26, following widespread reports of the recasting, Warner Bros. confirmed that Mikkelsen was indeed on board to play the villainous wizard.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently scheduled for release on July 14, 2022.

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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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