Mads Mikkelsen rejects Incredible Beasts Three rumor that he’ll change Johnny Depp
Mads Mikkelsen has dealt with the rumors that may have taken him over for Johnny Depp Fantastic Beasts 3. It’s been a couple of weeks since Warner Bros. asked Depp to step down from the role of Gellert Grindelwald, and Harry Potter fans have been working overtime trying to figure out who will take on the role now. Colin Farrell was the immediate front runner, although it was quickly pointed out that it wouldn’t technically work, which means it’s about the next rumor.
According to several sources allegedly close to Warner Bros., Mads Mikkelsen is the current front runner. Harry Potter fans were thrilled with the possibility of the actor taking on the role of Gellert Grindelwald, and the fan-art seemed to physically balance things out for fans who couldn’t see them. When asked about the Fantastic Beasts reports recently, Mikkelsen said, “Oh, that’s based on rumors as we speak … So I know as much as you do from the papers. So I’m waiting for that call.” Either the actor is playing shy or he hasn’t spoken to Warner Bros. about taking on the role.
Johnny Depp Previously he said, “I want you to know that I was asked by Warner Bros. to step down from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, and I respected and agreed to that request.” The news came after he lost his defamation lawsuit against the tabloid The Sun, which headlined him as a “bully”. Jude Law recently spoke about Depp leaving the film and noting that he trusts the studio and its instincts. “And in a situation like this, you move into the studio. That’s all you can do. Because you have to show up and play your part … It was unusual for me because, indeed, that particular role.”
Jude Law continued, “Johnny actually only shot one day, I think, alone … In a franchise like this, it’s the studio and the company that make the big decisions. And you have to join them because we are just one member of the team. “Right now, Warner Bros. is reportedly still looking for an actor to take on Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3. Who they will go with is a mystery for now.
While Mads Mikkelsen denies the rumors about Fantastic Beasts 3, the studio quickly tries to find a replacement for Johnny Depp. Mikkelsen might end up with the part and actually not know it yet. Or the studio is already looking at another actor who is playing Gellert Grindelwald. Regardless, Harry Potter fans will soon find out, and for some, they’re pretty glad Depp is leaving the franchise. The interview with Mads Mikkelsen was originally conducted by IGN.
Subjects: Fantastic Beasts 3, Harry Potter
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