‘It Would Be Creative Suicide’: Mads Mikkelsen Says Replacing Johnny Depp as Fantastic Beasts’ Grindelwald Is Tough, Hints Depp May Take Over Role Soon

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Ever since the duo of ex-husband and wife Johnny Depp and Amber Heard went into battle against one another, their careers have been in turmoil. Following the alleged abuses by Johnny Depp, the actor was removed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise as the antagonist Gellert GrindelwaldNow, the possibility of him returning to the upcoming movies increases by the day since the trial is over.


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Johnny Depp portrayed the character of Gellert Grindlewald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (2018).
Johnny Depp portrayed the character of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).

“Let’s see if he comes back. He might” said Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen replaced Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022). Although the film received average ratings, the people could not help but notice their favorite actor’s missing role as Gellert Grindelwald. However, after the trial ended, Mads Mikkelsen was seen interacting with fans who were unafraid to ask him about Johnny Depp’s reprising role back in the franchise.

Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindlewald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).
Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).

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“It was very intimidating. Obviously, well, now the course has changed-he won the suit, the court case-so let’s see if he comes back. He might. I’m a big fan of Johnny. I think he’s an amazing actor, I think he did a fantastic job. Having said that, I could not copy it. There’s there was no way I could just copy it, because it’s so much him. It would be creative suicide.”

The Hannibal actor continued,

“So, we had to come up with something else, something that was mine, and build a bridge between him and me. So, yes, it was intimidating. His fans were very, very sweet, but they were also very stubborn. I didn’t interact too much with them, but I could understand why they had their hearts broken.”

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When Johnny Depp lost movies due to the trial

Colin Farrel was the actor that started it all. Being a secret antagonist in the first part of the franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), he was portraying the role of Gellert Grindelwald under the disguise of one Percival Graves. At the end of the movie, he was revealed to be none other than Johnny Depp’s version of Gellert Grindelwald aka Johnny Depp himself.

Colin Farrel as Gellert Grindlewald pretending to be Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Colin Farrel as Gellert Grindelwald pretending to be Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

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Johnny Depp became the main antagonist with his Gellert Grindelwald attire in the sequel to the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018). The film received much success partly due to the actor’s role in it. However, during the shooting of the third movie in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022), the news of Johnny Depp’s alleged abuse made the headlines.


Not wanting to associate with an alleged abuser, the then Warner Bros. decided to drop Johnny Depp from the project and chose Mads Mikkelsen to play the role of Gellert Grindelwald to complete the film for the time being. Along with this, Johnny Depp was also removed as the world-famously portrayed notorious pirate and owner of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow. The actor was removed from the shooting of Pirates of the Caribbean 6 which the actor took badly to his heart.

Although it will be fun to watch the actor get back in his game in the form of Gellert Grindelwald and many other movies, there has been yet no official confirmation or news from the entertainment giant regarding the matter.

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Source: Deadline


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.