Mads Mikkelsen Replacing Johnny Depp As Grindelwald For 'Fantastic Beasts 3'

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Kyle Brester
November 11, 2020
by Kyle Brester
Walt Disney Studios
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In case anyone may care about my opinion, I no longer care about the Fantastic Beasts franchise after watching The Crimes Of Grindewald. There's even a full Off The Break Podcast episode that explains how bad I thought it was. SSI has other episodes that further explain our bitterness toward the franchise. We also could care less about Johnny Depp being asked to step down from the role after losing a legal battle with a British tabloid for labeling him a "wife-beater" in articles about his rocky marriage with Amber Heard.

I promise this isn't just an excuse to promote SSI's podcast (though you should check it out), there is a point to all this.

Yesterday Deadline reported that actor Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. Sources say that he is director David Yates' top choice for the role, and they are making sure he signs up quickly as they are currently in production now.

I'm sure he will be great. Mikkelsen is best known for playing villains very well (Casino Royale, Doctor Strange) so this shouldn't be a problem for him. The only problem will be if he gets handed a worse script than The Crimes Of Grindelwald. Still, Harry Potter fans weren't happy with Depp taking the role of Grindelwald due to his ongoing rumors of him abusing Amber Heard, so this should make them happier. This probably will be better for the franchise in the long run.
Mads Mikkelsen - 'Doctor Strange'
Mads Mikkelsen - 'Doctor Strange' - Walt Disney Studios
Johnny Depp - 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'
Johnny Depp - 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' - Warner Bros.

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