Mad Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp
Depp lost his court case for libel against The Sun
Court’s rule out Depp’s right to appeal
Filming of the production have restarted
Mad Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp in the next instalment of the Fantastic Beast franchise it has been confirmed.
Mad Mikkelsen, actor with a range of credits including Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, will take over the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, replacing Johnny Depp.
The Danish actor will take over the role of the evil wizard in the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s the Fantastic Beast saga after Depp was forced out of the role after losing his legal battle for liable against The Sun.
Mikkelsen, 55, is known as a household name for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the hit TV show Hannibal and is also a familiar movie actor for parts such as Le Chiffre in Bond movie Casino Royale and Kaecilius in Marvel film Doctor Strange.
Depp’s downfall from the franchise occurred after his attempt to sue News Group Newspapers Ltd, who own The Sun, for what he considered to be libel journalism in which they questioned Rowling’s decision to hire him for the franchise, calling him a “wife-beater”.
The three-week trial ran during July 2020, heard much evidence surrounding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s volatile marriage and resulted in him losing the case.
Subsequently, he was requested by Warner Bros. to resign from the production.
Depp lost his right to appeal the court’s decision after a judge identified that he found the claims that Depp had assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard to be “substantially true”.
Depp had only filmed one scene from the upcoming production and the filming, which was originally postponed due to the coronavirus and Depp’s court case, has now resumed.
The movie is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is being directed by David Yates, who is a directing staple in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. Fantastic Beasts 3, starring Eddie Redmayne, will be release in July 2022.
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