Mads Mikkelsen, who was included in the series to replace Johnny Depp, said that Depp could return.
After the libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Mads Mikkelsen answered questions about whether Depp would return to the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Johnny Depp starred as the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second installment in the franchise. But in November 2020, she was removed from the series after losing a lawsuit over Amber Heard’s allegations of abuse, and Mads Mikkelsen took over as Grindelwald in the third movie, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.
Speaking to Deadline about Depp’s possible return, Mikkelsen said things changed after Depp won the defamation lawsuit. Mikkelsen said, “Obviously, now the course has changed – he won the case – let’s see if he can come back… He may return”, stating that he is a huge fan of Depp: I’m a huge fan of Johnny. I think he’s a great actor, I think he did a great job.”
Mikkelsen, who has always been very open about how scary it was for him to take over the Grindelwald character from Depp, explained that copying the character would be creatively suicidal, so they were trying to bridge two different representations of Grindelwald: “We had to build a bridge between him and me. So, yeah. “The fans were very, very sweet, but also very stubborn. I didn’t interact with them much, but I could understand why their hearts were breaking.”
At this time “Jeanne du BarryDepp, who played the controversial King of France, Louis XV for the movie “, is also preparing to direct again after 25 years for the biopic about the life of Italian painter Modigliani.