Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts, Mads Mikkelsen

Just days after Johnny Depp officially exited Fantastic Beasts, there’s already rumors circulating about his replacement. Deadline reports former Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen tops the list of potential actors.

Reportedly, Mikkelsen is Fantastic Beasts 3 director David Yates’ top choice to take over as Grindelwald. At this time the casting is only in early talks; Mikkelsen isn’t confirmed to be taking on the role of the dark wizard just yet.

Warner Bros. asked Depp to step down from his role in Fantastic Beasts. Depp shared on his Instagram that he had agreed to resign from the role. Though Warner Bros. did not specify a reason for removing Depp from the movie, it seems likely the decision relates to the actor’s ongoing domestic violence case regarding ex-wife Amber Heard.

Fantastic Beasts

Yesterday, the studio announced the film would be pushed back from its November 2021 release date. Fantastic Beasts 3 now plans to debut in summer 2022.

This story is still developing, so check back to THS for more updates.

So, what do you think of Mikkelsen potentially taking over as Grindelwald? Personally, I think he would be great in the role. Let us know in the comments who your fancast is.

Source: Deadline