We all know that Johnny Depp, who played the instantly popular Gellert Grindelwald, has been eased out of the series. However, Johnny Depp will get his remuneration for the single shot he canned for Fantastic Beasts 3, thanks to a prior agreement.
Johnny Depp had to move out of the franchise as a UK court passed a ruling saying he was a wife beater. He also lost a libel case against The Sun, which called him a wife-beater. Since Warner Bros, the production house was in no mood to indulge with those accused of domestic violence and physical abuse, Johnny Depp had to leave, much to the disappointment of his world-wide fans.
So naturally there was lots of curiosity about who would play the illustrious character of Gellert Grindelwald in the latest instalment. Many names popped up. But here’s the final pick – Mads Mikkelsen, will be playing the dark wizard.
Warner Bros has confirmed the news say many Hollywood news portals.
For the uninitiated, Mads Mikkelsen, is a Danish actor, who is popular for his villain characters. One of his most famous characters was that of Le Chiffre in James Bond’s Casino Royale (2006), where he plays a sophisticated, but extremely dangerous antagonist to Daniel Craigg. He was also seen in Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
These apart, he played Neils in Opera House, Svend in The Green Butchers, Ivan in Adam’s Apple, Jacob Petersen in After the Wedding and has recently wrapped up Chaos Walking.
Despite the talk making rounds for some time, Mads Mikkelsen was cautious about committing to media. However, now Warner Bros that is producing the franchise has made the news official.
The shooting for J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts 3 was earlier stalled due to pandemic, but has resumed shooting at the Leavesden studio of Warner Bros outside London.