As “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” hits theaters, audiences will see a new actor in the role of Gellert Grindelwald: Mads Mikkelsen. He replaces Johnny Depp, who left the franchise at the end of 2020.
Depp announced his departure from the series at the time, saying that Warner Bros. had asked him to resign after he lost a case in UK courts related to allegations that he had abused his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp appeared as Grindelwald at the end of the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie and in the second film, “The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
Why Did Johnny Depp Step Down as Gellert Grindelwald?
Johnny Depp’s recent departure from the Fantastic Beasts franchise has left many fans wondering why exactly he decided to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald.
There are a few possible explanations for Depp’s decision. First and foremost, it’s important to remember that Depp is currently embroiled in a legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. In November 2020, a British court ruled against Depp in a libel case. Depp sued the British tabloid The Sun, which had called Depp a “wife-beater” in an article, referencing allegations made by Depp’s ex, Heard. Justice Andrew Nicol ruled that claim was “substantially true.
In an Instagram statement at the time, Depp said, “The surreal judgment of the court in the UK will not change my fight, to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”
It’s possible that Depp decided to step down from Fantastic Beasts to avoid any further negative publicity. Additionally, it’s worth noting that J.K. Rowling has been outspoken in her support of Depp, even going so far as to say that she was “delighted” he was cast as Grindelwald in the first place. However, given the recent ruling against Depp, Rowling’s opinion may have changed.
Was Johnny Depp Fired From “Fantastic Beasts?”
No official word has been released as to why, but many are speculating that it had something to do with the recent controversy surrounding Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The couple has been embroiled in a legal battle over Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse, which Depp has denied.
It’s possible that Warner Bros. decided that it was too much of a risk to keep Depp on board in light of the negative publicity. Regardless of the reason, it looks like we’ll be seeing a new actor playing Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
Who Replaced Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald?
Mads Mikkelsen was announced as the replacement for Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise just weeks after Depp left the project. Mikkelsen is best known for his work on NBC’s “Hannibal.” He has also starred in several films, including “Casino Royale,” “Valhalla Rising,” and “The Hunt.”
How Is Mads Mikkelsen’sGrindelwald Different From Johnny Depp’s?
Mads Mikkelsen’sGrindelwald is different from Johnny Depp’s in a few key ways. For one, Mikkelsen’sGrindelwald has white hair, while Depp’s Grindelwald had blond hair. Additionally, Mikkelsen’sGrindelwald has pale skin, while Depp’s Grindelwald had slightly tanned skin. Finally, Mikkelsen’sGrindelwald has two different colored eyes, while Depp’s Grindelwald had one blue eye and one green eye. These differences help to make Mads Mikkelsen’s portrayal of Grindelwald feel fresh and new.
It’s still unclear why exactly Johnny Depp decided to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise. However, what is clear is that Mads Mikkelsen is more than up to the task of taking over the role. With his experience in both film and television, Mikkelsen is sure to give fans a new and exciting take on the character. We can’t wait to see what he does with the role!