Johnny Depp played Grindelwald in the launch of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, but since the actor lost his libel case against UK newspaper The Sun, the production of the films decided to push him into release. Since the announcement of his departure, many fans have wondered who could succeed him. Today it is official, we know who will take on the role of the antagonist.
Johnny Depp’s replacement has been formalized
If, since the fall of Depp from the cast of Fantastic Beasts, rumors have been that Hannibal’s interpreter could take on the role of Grindelwald in the series of the same name, this is confirmed by the Warner: Mads Mikkelsen will replace Johnny Depp in the next work.
Not that surprising choice to play the villain in Fantastic Beasts, as the Danish actor has already played Clifford “Cliff” Unger, one of the antagonists in Death Stranding. It is also he who plays the role of the cipher, this Albanian banker who plays a huge role in the James Bond franchise. He’s also featured in the Star Wars: Rogue One spin-off.
Some fans of the franchise thought and hoped to see Colin Farrell again as Johnny Depp’s replacement. As a reminder, Farrell played the role of Percival Grave, the director of the Department of Magical Justice, who turned out to be Grindelwald who had chosen this gig to infiltrate magical institutions.
We are therefore pleased to discover Mkkelsen in Grindelwald’s costume. For now, we need to patiently address our issues as Fantastic Beasts 3 is not expected until July 2022 (if all goes well!).