Warner Bros. began negotiations with Mads Mikkelsen for the role of Gellert Grindelwald, which became vacant after Johnny Depp’s resignation. The director of the film also wants to see Mikkelsen as Grindelwald.
Johnny Depp, one of the most famous and beloved actors in the world, seriously shook the actor’s prestige when he lost his “defamation” case against The Sun after the news that he was violent against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Warner Bros. asked Deep to resign from his role in Fantastic Beasts, which Deep agreed. Although Johnny Depp left the movie “voluntarily”, he did not leave behind his $ 10 million fee and got the eight-figure fee he agreed with the studio, even though he did not play in the film.
New Gellert Grindelwald could be Mads Mikkelsen in Fantastic Beasts 3
According to the information provided by Deadline, Warner Bros. has not given up on Fantastic Beasts 3 despite everything, and there is also a candidate for Gellert Grindelwald, one of the most important characters of the film; Mads Mikkelsen.
Mikkelsen, as we remember from films like Hannibal and Doctor Strange, has not yet definitely joined the cast of Fantastic Beasts 3, but according to Deadline, Mikkelsen had their first meeting with the studio and Mikkelsen is the first choice of David Yates, the director of the film.
If the agreement is reached in a short time and the work proceeds as planned, Fantastic Beasts 3 will be in theaters in the summer of 2022. Although the first planned release date for the film was November 2021, the COVID-19 outbreak caused Warner Bros. to shift their vision dates for future productions. Because we do not yet know who will portray the Grindelwald character, it was possible that the film would be postponed to 2022 even if COVID-19 did not exist.