After Johnny Depp lost his libel suit against The Sun, he announced he was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts series. Now Warner Bros. officially revealed Mads Mikkelsen will be taking over Johnny's role as "Grindelwald" and Mads has finally come forward about the switch.
Mads Mikkelsen Takes Over Johnny Depp's "Grindelwald"
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the handsome Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen finally opened up about the big transition. When asked about how his "Grindelwald" character will be different than Johnny's, he said: "Well it's going to me, so that's a difference."
After joking, he said, "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."
Luckily, the series has already had a change in character before, "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."
Big-hearted Casino Royale star acknowledged how he acquired the coveted Harry Potter franchise spot. "Job-wise, it's obviously super interesting and nice. 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."
Because of this major re-casting, the film's release has been altered from November 2021 to July 2022 instead. After Johnny's loss in the UK courts, he released a statement via his Instagram stating "I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request."
The dramatic Johnny Depp and Amber Heard saga hardly seems over as the battle between the two continues. The pair have been divorced since 2016 but more and more truth comes to light as each fling accusations at each other. Johnny was taking the brunt of the accusations for the first few years until their dirty laundry was finally being aired in the UK and US court systems.
Countless recordings and admissions of Amber's violent behavior and their toxic cycle have also come to light while she has admitted to hurting her ex-husband and was even caught on tape telling Johnny, "I can't promise you that I'll be perfect. I can't promise you I won't get physical again," and " I was just hitting you, not punching you..." and mockingly saying "Tell the world, Johnny, tell them, Johnny Depp, I Johnny Depp, a man, I'm a victim too of domestic violence."
We'll have to wait and see how the Virginia court case between Amber and Johnny goes. The case will move forward in 2021.