February 6, 2023
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Mads Mikkelsen reveals what attracted him to the role of Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts movie, and discusses what it was like to replace Johnny Depp.

It’s been months since we learned that Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen had replaced Johnny Depp as the villainous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, and it sounds like the actor has a very clear idea of what he’s going to do with the character.


In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Mikkelsen discussed what he found interesting about the Fantastic Beasts series and the character of Gellert Grindelwald, revealing that the third film in the series will take the time to explore Grindelwald’s backstory – meaning we might get to see what happened between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore before the events of the Fantastic Beasts movies. The actor also discussed what it was like to take over the role from Johnny Depp, who was publicly fired from the series when he lost his libel lawsuit against U.K. publication The Sun, which alleged Depp was abusive towards ex-wife and actress Amber Heard.

On what attracted him to the Fantastic Beasts series:

“I think the universe first and foremost is very interesting. It’s on the cool meter. It’s pretty cool for my kids even though they might be not Harry Potter people anymore they still love the franchise and so that’s cool. And this is like an adult version where they, I think they have very touching love stories and the interaction between some of the characters in the stories. And I think there was an interesting background for my character that we are exploring a little more in this third film. It’s always interesting to play someone who, in other people’s eyes, are doing terrible, terrible things, but, in his eyes, and his followers eyes, he’s doing the necessary thing and, in the long run, a very beautiful thing. So that is obviously the conflict you can find everywhere in the world. Very few people come out and say, ‘I am evil, and that’s what I wanna be.’ They definitely believe that this will make the world a better place. So it’s always interesting to have that dilemma.”


On what it was like to portray Grindelwald after Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell:

These are hard choices of course because they’ve both put their marks on what they did. And we just need to make some bridges that people are aware of what character it is now. It has to be a bridge somehow. With that said there’s no way I can copy what Johnny did. He has a very specific way of doing his thing. And I think he’s such a wonderful actor that it would be creative suicide to go down that path. So I have to find it myself, and we can just hope that people will embrace that we are changing the course a little, but we are also building a bridge as much as we think we can.”

Are you excited to see Mads Mikkelsen’s version of Grindelwald? Let us know in the comments section below this post!

Did you hear? The Blog That Must Not Be Named Podcast has finally arrived! We just released the latest episode of the podcast, in which we rank every Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movie from worst to best! You can listen to the episode by clicking play on the YouTube video below:


2 thoughts on “Mads Mikkelsen Teases A Different Grindelwald In ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

    1. I think Mads will definitely bring something different to the table. He’s a great actor, there’s no reason to think he won’t be a great Grindelwald.

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