Johnny Depp replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie franchise
- Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen to replace Johnny Depp in the 'Fantastic Beasts' series
- Depp starred in the first two films of the franchise in 2016 and 2018
- Depp recently lost a libel suit against The Sun newspaper in the UK
Johnny Depp has been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the movie series ‘Fantastic Beasts’, Warner Bros. has announced in a statement, CNN reported on Thursday.
Depp had played the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the first two installments of the series released in 2016 and 2018.
Danish actor Mikkelsen had earlier been seen in Hollywood movies like ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Hannibal’, and ‘Rogue One: Star Wars Story’.
Depp had earlier announced on Instagram in a statement that he had been asked to resign from the film franchise by the production firm.
The decision had come in the wake of Depp’s losing a libel suit against British tabloid The Sun, which the actor had filed challenging the newspaper’s reporting of his alleged abuse of his then wife actress Amber Heard.
“… I wish to tell you that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request,” Depp had written in his statement.
“The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal,” he added.
The next Fantastic Beast movie is slated to be released on July 15, 2022. There is a plan of producing five movies in all, according to writer J. K. Rowling.