Mads Mikkelsen wishes he could have spoken to Johnny Depp about taking the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3! In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the Hannibal and Star Wars actor revealed that he would have loved to talk to Johnny Depp about joining the Harry Potter spin-off series, but was never given the opportunity.
“I mean, obviously, they were going to do the film, and obviously he was not involved any more,” Mikkelsen told The Sunday Times. “But I didn’t have a dog in that fight. And I don’t know what happened [in his private life], and I don’t know if it was fair, him losing the job, but I just knew that the show was going on, and I would’ve loved to have talked to him about it if I had the chance, but I just don’t know him in that sense.”
Mikkelsen then went on to talk about the process of joining the Fantastic Beasts series, revealing that the studio and filmmakers (director David Yates) were in a hurry to find someone to replace Depp in the third movie. The actor also states that he loved the script for the third Fantastic Beasts movie, which is more than enough to get everyone here at The Blog That Must Not Be Named excited!
“But they called me and they were obviously in a hurry, and I loved the script and so said yes. And I know it was controversial for many people, but that’s just the way it plays out once in a while.”
For those that might not be aware, Mikkelsen will appear as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the still-untitled third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Mikkelsen joined the project when Johnny Depp was forced away from the series after losing his libel suit against The Sun, a British tabloid that referred to him as a “wife beater”.
Mikkelsen has previously discussed what fans can expect from his version of the character, revealing to Collider that he will be doing something different and taking Grindelwald in a new direction.
“I didn’t want to copy what Johnny had done. I think he’s a masterful actor, so copying him would’ve been creative suicide,” he shared. “I had to figure out something that was definitely my own, and yet also act as a bridge to what he had done. My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we’ll have to wait for the film’s release [next year] to find out.”
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Directed by David Yates, who helmed the first two films in the series, Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently scheduled for release next summer. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Ezra Miller as Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore, Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander.