Warner Bros Studios, the banner behind "Fantastic Beasts" film franchise, has confirmed that Danish star Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third installment of its fantasy movie series. Recently, it was announced that Depp quit the film after being asked to resign by Warner Bros.
The Wrap, meanwhile, reports that no scenes featuring the Grindelwald character will have to be reshot even as Mikkelsen takes over the role.
Its release date is set for July 15, 2022.
The previous film in the Harry Potter prequel franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, earned $653 million at the worldwide box office. The defendants [The Sun and News Group Newspapers] have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.
Mikkelsen has played roles in action movies Doctor Strange and Casino Royale as well as taking roles in Danish dramas such as The Hunt and A Royal Affair. "So, I'm waiting for that phone call". He also played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the television series Hannibal.
Unfortunately for Johnny Depp, Judge Andrew Nicol has ruled against the actor's attempt to appeal his failed libel case against The Sun newspaper.
Depp had sued the paper for calling him "wife beater" while referring to his relationship with his former wife Amber Heard.
He added of his legal judgement, "The surreal judgement of the court in the United Kingdom will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal".
In the Harry Potter universe, Grindelwald is an immensely powerful, evil wizard, who is regarded as second only to Voldemort.