Mads Mikkelsen May Replace Johnny Depp In The Fantastic Beats 3
But after he was asked to resign from the franchise, the actor stepped down from the role. The character will be recast and Warner Brothers are in search for it. And now Mads Mikkelsen is reported the front runner for Hannibal fame.
In the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films, Mads Mikkelsen is considered as the top choice to replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. As mentioned in a recent report in Deadline. At present, he is in early talks with Warner Bros. Mikkelsen is the top choice to play the character ahead of Fantastic Beasts 3 . The reason behind the quick casting is to keep the project on track after the delay in its release date.
In the first two films, Johnny Depp had earlier tested the antagonist, Gellert Grindelwald. In Fantastic Beasts 3, the actor was originally planned to reprise the role again. But a few days after Depp lost his case against The Sun tabloid over its 2018 article claiming that he was a “wife beater” to Amber Heard. Warner Bros. asked him to withdraw from the series. In a statement, he mentioned that he appreciated the request and decided to quit the series.
Colin Farrel Was Among The Lead Fan Choices!
Now that Mads Mikkelsen is the front runner, he will also feature in other films, being an important part of the spinoff of Harry Potter. Filmmaker David Yates is known to be a huge fan of Mikkelsen. The Danish actor is said to be the man the makers are trying to lock in. As he has already portrayed Grindelwald in disguise, Colin Farrell was among the lead fan choices. But because of his scheduling conflict, Farrell is unable to replace Johnny Depp, since he is filming The Batman.
Before leaving the film, Depp had shot only one scene as Grindelwald. So Mikkelsen did not need to duplicate much footage. The source close to the production told Variety.
Mads Mikkelsen Has Portrayed The Famous Role In Hannibal
Mikkelsen is known for playing unforgettable villains like Le Chiffre, a “Casino Royale” banker to terrorist group.
The one in which Daniel Craig’s first appearance in the NBC series “Hannibal” as the legendary British agent James Bond. The supervillain Kaecilius opposite “Doctor Strange” Benedict Cumberbatch and the cannibalistic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter.
The actor will join franchise stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller if the agreement is finalized.
David Yates is directing the film from a screenplay by Rowling and Steve Kloves. The creators are Rowling, Kloves, David Heyman, and Lionel Wigram.
In 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Depp played Grindelwald first.
He reprised the role in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in 2018. Next year he was going to start shooting for the third chapter.
The release of “Fantastic Beasts 3” is currently scheduled for July 15, 2022.