Improbable Beasts 3: Mads Mikkelsen Formally forged as Grindelwald

Mads MikkelsenProbable casting as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 is now official as Warner Bros. announced that the Danish actor will play the role of Dark Wizard from Johnny Depp.

Mikkelsen was reportedly a director David Yates‘Top pick for the past two weeks after Depp agreed to step down from the sequel because of his legal issues in the UK. I don’t watch the Fantastic Beasts films because I’m not a Harry Potter guy, but Mikkelsen is a huge improvement in my book as Depp has been content with having the same grade in big budget studio films for far too long to play now. Not only is Mikkelsen a great actor, he looks like an evil wizard, and audiences will surely recognize him by tent poles like Casino royale, Doctor strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


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Fantastic Beasts 3 sees Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne Repeat his role as Newt Scamander alongside Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeatesand two-time Oscar nominee Jude Lawplaying Dumbledore.

Yates is straight out of a script written by JK Rowling (boooo!) and Steve Kloveswho will also produce on the side David Heyman, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewiswhile Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger and Courtenay Valenti will serve as executive producers.

The latest installment in the series, currently being produced at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden outside of London, takes audiences back to the wizarding world they love for a brand new adventure. Fantastic Beasts 3 was supposed to be out on November 12, 2021, but was recently postponed to summer 2022. To find out exactly when the third film will hit theaters, click here. Click here to watch the trailer for Mikkelsen’s new science fiction film Mess walkingwho mates him with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.

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