Mikkelsen was brought on to take the role of Gellert Grindelwald after Depp was asked by Warner Bros. to leave the franchise. The decision to remove Depp followed the actor losing a libel case against a newspaper publication that published various allegations relating to his relationship with Amber Heard. A judge dismissed Depp’s case, ruling the publisher’s claims “substantially true.”
Speaking to EW, Mikkelsen said of being cast in the role, “Job wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice,” before pointing out that the circumstances weren’t exactly ideal for all parties. “It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances. I hope both of them will be back in the saddle again really soon.”
As for what will be different with his Grindelwald, the actor provided a cheeky response: “Well it’s going to be me, so that’s a difference.” He did, however, go on to provide a more serious answer.
“No, this is the tricky part. We’re still working it out. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I’m going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own. But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn’t completely detach from what he’s already masterfully achieved.”
Mikkelsen is currently promoting his new film, Another Round, which reunites him with The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg. You can see the trailer for Another Round HERE and, if you haven’t, you should really line up The Hunt (from 2012 – not the Blumhouse pic from this year) and watch it as soon as possible.
The still-untitled Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently scheduled to open in US cinemas on July 15, 2022. Unless, of course, Warner Bros. continues their game-changing streaming-and-cinemas 2021 game-plan.