Fantastic Beasts 3 is replacing Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald. Here’s Who’s Playing Grindelwald In Fantastic Beasts 3.
When Gellert Grindelwald reappears in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, he will be played by a new actor. Fantastic Beasts 3 will be the wizard’s third appearance in the Harry Potter universe. Grindelwald is one of the most prominent individuals in Harry Potter’s universe due to his wicked background and confusing connection with Dumbledore.
Grindelwald has been a crucial part of the Fantastic Beasts films as a figure who plays a significant role in the history of both Dumbledore and the Wizarding World in general. As the major antagonist in Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the character was played by Johnny Depp. The battle between the main protagonists and the villain, on the other hand, was hardly resolved in the film. Instead, it set up a continuation of their tribulations in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, now without Depp. As a consequence of the uproar surrounding Depp and Amber Heard, Depp accepted Warner Bros.’ request that he relinquish his position as Grindelwald in the next film.
In Fantastic Beasts 3, Mads Mikkelsen has been replaced as Grindelwald. Mikkelsen was seen to be a good match for the role, especially given his prior performances. The actor who plays Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 is no stranger to playing villains on both the big and small screens. In the early 2010s, he starred in NBC’s Hannibal as the legendary cannibalistic serial murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. When he made his debut as 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale, he also acted as the first significant nemesis for Daniel Craig’s James Bond. His other credits include The Hunt, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Clash of the Titans, and, most recently, Chaos Walking, in which he reprised his role as the villain.
In addition, the Grindelwald actor played Doctor Strange’s Kaecilius, a wicked member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts and the film’s main antagonist. The actor made his first and only appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 2016 film. Mikkelsen’s portrayal as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 will be his return to a magical environment and yet another malevolent character. Trailers and promotion for the franchise’s third film have shown off Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald and what he’ll bring to the table as the all-powerful wizard.
In addition to what the teasers have previously hinted, Fantastic Beasts 3’s Grindelwald actor has stated that his rendition of the villain would not be a carbon copy of Depp’s. Mikkelsen believes that, while he hopes to discover a “bridge” between the two portrayals, he will be creating his own, distinct take on Grindelwald. That aligns with the idea to give the wizard a significantly altered appearance in Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, which is supposed to highlight the character’s more dark aspects.