Johnny Depp replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

CINEMA – Gellert Grindelwald changes face (again). In it 3rd part of fantastic animals in theaters from Wednesday, April 13 and highly anticipated by fans of the saga Harry Potter, it is this time Mads Mikkelsen who lends his features to the main antagonist. Danish actor replaced at short notice Johnny Depp in this role, discarded by production when filming had already started.

“I wanted to let you know that Warner Bros. asked me to step down from the role of Grindelwald in fantastic beasts and I have respected and accepted this request,” Johnny Depp announced in November 2020. The decision was made after the conviction of the actor, who was suing the tabloid publisher. Sun after an article portraying him as an abusive husband.

Called to the bar, his ex-wife Amber Heard, author of the platform, had described a dozen attacks committed, according to her, by a husband transformed into a “monster” by his excessive drug use. If he admitted to having used too many drugs and alcohol, the actor assured that he had never raised his hand to a woman, supported in this regard by the written testimonies of his ex-partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.

British justice had finally ruled in favor of the tabloid, considering that “the vast majority of the alleged attacks had been proven.” The sordid details discussed during the trial and the fact that Johnny Depp lost it damaged his reputation. And it was after this setback that the American actor had to give up his role in the next film in the series. fantastic beastsadapted from the works of JK Rowling.

When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard meet again back in court to accuse each other of libel, this third part is in theaters and therefore in the guise of Mads Mikkelsen we find the character of Gellert Grindelwald.

Below is the trailer for Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets:

The film takes fans of the Harry Potter saga back to the younger years of Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, when the latter decides to confront Gellert Grindelwald to prevent him from taking control of the magical world. And if the villain’s metamorphic powers justify changing his face (as was done with the transition from Colin Farrell to Johnny Depp), taking on this role hasn’t necessarily been easy for Mads Mikkelsen.

“Nobody wants to see me copy anything”

“They put me in the bathroom a little later than the rest of the band,” he said during a conference at Supanova Comic-con and Gaming. “They had already done two movies and shot half of the third when I joined the party.” Making no secret that the film’s production and its director David Yates were “obviously in a hurry” to find a replacement, Mads Mikkelsen claims to have accepted the project because he “liked the script”.

Asked about the fate of his predecessor, he has since entrusted the sunday time“I don’t know what happened, and I don’t know if it was right for him to [Johnny Depp] he loses his job, but I knew the movie was on and I would have liked to talk to him if I had the chance.”

Then it remained to be able to sneak into this role highly appreciated by the viewers of the previous parts. “No one wants to see me copy anything, it would be creative suicide, especially when it’s been masterfully done before,” he explained to the site. collider. Vowing to “find bridges” between his character and Johnny Depp’s “in terms of looks and attitude,” Mads Mikkelsen claims to have made “this character [sien]”.

Last December, the first trailer for Dumbledore’s secrets had aroused the ire of fans of Johnny Depp, judging for many the actor as “much less good, less charismatic” or even “horrible”. Now it remains to be seen if Mads Mikkelsen will eventually be able to convince them in the feature film that is currently in theaters.

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