Mads Mikkelsen is our new Gellert Grindelwald.
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the Rogue One and Hannibal actor has officially been cast as the Dark Wizard in the still-untitled third Fantastic Beasts movie. Mikkelsen will, of course, be taking on the role that was previously inhabited by Johnny Depp in the first two films.
As we reported on in early November, Depp left after being asked by Warner Bros. to step down from the Wizarding World franchise. The move by the studio to remove Depp came days after the actor lost a libel case against a UK newspaper publisher and editor that labelled him a wife-beater and put forth various allegations relating to his relationship with Amber Heard. A judge dismissed Depp’s case against the publisher, ruling those published claims “substantially true.” The latest: just today Depp was denied permission to appeal that ruling and was ordered to pay The Sun‘s publisher’s substantial legal fees.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates remains at the helm for the third film, which is currently in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside of London. Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, with a sizeable cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, and Jude Law. J.K. Rowling has penned the script with Steve Kloves, who’s returning to the universe after having co-written every Harry Potter movie except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
As of now, the third Fantastic Beasts installment is scheduled for release on July 15, 2022.
Mikkelsen has plenty in the pipeline. His highly-acclaimed new film with The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round, is currently undergoing an international rollout; his Danish dark-comedy Riders of Justice was recently released in Denmark; he will be seen as the villain in the long-delayed Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley starrer Chaos Walking; and he’s attached to star with Armie Hammer in the Cold War drama-thriller The Billion Dollar Spy.