Mads Mikkelsen in talks to replace Johnny Depp in 'Fantastic Beasts 3'?


Johnny Depp made headlines for his tumultuous relationship with Amber Heard followed by their nasty separation and defamation cases. After a long legal battle, the actor lost his libel against UK’s tabloid The Sun over an article that called him a ‘wife-beater'. After the judge announced the decision in favour of the tabloid, Depp was asked to step down from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Now, according to reports, director David Yates and the team of Fantastic Beasts is in talks with an actor to replace Depp.

As per the reports of an international publication, Mads Mikkelsen is said to be in early talks with Warner Bros. to replace Depp as Grindelwald in the prequel to the Harry Potter film series. Reportedly, Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production and it is said that Depp had just shot one scene as Grindewald. 

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Despite stepping down, Depp will reportedly receive his full salary of $10 million. It is believed that Warner Bros. will have to pay full salary to Depp as per his contract.  

The Fantastic Beasts franchise also stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller. The screenplay of the film is written by JK Rowling and Steve Kloves. Rowling, Kloves, David Heyman and Lionel Wigram are producing it. Fantastic Beasts 3 will reportedly release in theatres on July 15, 2022.

(Source: Deadline)