Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has been chosen to exchange Johnny Depp within the upcoming third movie within the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Warner Bros. mentioned on Wednesday.
Mikkelsen, 55, who is understood for his function as serial killer Hannibal Lecter within the tv collection Hannibal, will play the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald within the spinoff movie from Harry Potter writer J.Ok. Rowling.
Depp was compelled to exit the function earlier this month after dropping a libel case in Britain towards a tabloid newspaper that branded him a “wife beater.” Following the three-week trial in July, a choose mentioned he believed the actor had abused his ex-wife and that she steadily feared for her life.
Shortly after the choice, a choose refused Depp permission to attraction towards the courtroom’s ruling. He can nonetheless apply on to the Court of Appeal, and has till Dec. 7 to take action.
Depp, who had earlier begun manufacturing on the third Fantastic Beasts movie in London, mentioned he was requested to go away by Warner Bros.
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Mikkelsen has performed roles in motion motion pictures Doctor Strange and Casino Royale in addition to taking roles in Danish dramas equivalent to The Hunt and A Royal Affair.
The Fantastic Beasts motion pictures, based mostly on the magical adventures of Newt Scamander, are set some 60 years earlier than the Harry Potter movies however function a number of of the identical key characters when they had been youthful.
The third as but untitled movie within the collection is ready for launch in July 2022.
The first two of the 5 deliberate Fantastic Beasts movies earned $1.5 billion US on the international box office, in response to the cinema income monitoring website Box Office Mojo.