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Mads Mikkelsen Reveals If He's Spoken to Johnny Depp About 'Fantastic Beasts'

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was recently confirmed as the replacement for Johnny Depp‘s character Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3 and now he’s opening up about playing the role.

In an interview with AP Entertainment, Mads confirmed that he has not spoken to Johnny about taking the role.

“No, I don’t know him,” he said (via The Independent). “I’ve met him once. I wish I had his phone number, but unfortunately that’s not the case.”

He added, “There’s nothing else I can do, to be honest. The only approach I can have is connect the bridge between what he did and what I’m gonna do and then we’ll see what lands.”

Mads previously discussed the film and said, “Job wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice. It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances.”

Find out how much money Johnny is making for Fantastic Beasts 3, even though he only filmed one scene that won’t be used.

Mads Mikkelsen Breaks Silence Over Taking Over Grindelwald Role From Johnny Depp

Mads Mikkelsen is opening up about taking over Johnny Depp‘s role in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3.

The 55-year-old actor stepped into the part after Johnny parted ways with the film and Warner Bros. after he lost his libel case against The Sun earlier this year.

Mads was first rumored to take over the role in early November, but then denied the reports. Now that it has been confirmed he would step in, the Hannibal actor is opening up about how the role will change a bit.

“Well it’s going to be me, so that’s a difference,” Mads shared in an interview with EW. “This is the tricky part. We’re still working it out. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I’m going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own.”

He added, “But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn’t completely detach from what he’s already masterfully achieved.”

Mads also spoke about the circumstances in which he took over the part.

“Job wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice,” he shared. “It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances. I hope both of them will be back in the saddle again really soon.”

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production and will be released July 14, 2022.

Warner Bros. Officially Confirms Mads Mikkelsen as Johnny Depp's Replacement in 'Fantastic Beasts 3'

It’s official – Mads Mikkelsen has joined the Harry Potter franchise!

The 55-year-old actor will be replacing Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3, Warner Bros. announced via IndieWire.

Johnny departed the film franchise after losing his libel case against The Sun earlier this month.

Mads is best known for his roles in the TV show Hannibal and movies Casino Royal and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also recently wrapped filming on Chaos Walking opposite Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Fantastic Beasts 3 – also starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Jude Law – is currently in production outside of London.

If you missed the news, Johnny is still making a massive salary for the third movie.

Tom Holland & Daisy Ridley's Star-Studded Movie 'Chaos Walking' Debuts Official Trailer - Watch Now!

The official trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, has arrived!

The movie was directed by Doug Liman, who is best known for his films The Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity. The star-studded cast also includes Oscar nominees Cynthia Erivo and Demian Bichir, as well as David Oyelowo, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, and Kurt Sutter, who is the creator of Sons of Anarchy.

Here is the movie’s synopsis: In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Holland) discovers Viola (Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Chaos Walking does not yet have a release date, but it’s expected to hit theaters in 2021.

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Johnny Depp's Possible 'Fantastic Beasts' Replacement Mads Mikkelsen Calls Casting a 'Rumor'

Mads Mikkelsen is reacting to the rumor that he is taking over the role of Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp in the third Fantastic Beasts movie.

“Oh, that is on the rumor basis as we speak,” Mads told IGN. “So I know as much as you do from the newspapers. So I’m waiting for that phone call.”

In early November, it was revealed that Mads was in talks to take on the role. Now, it appears as if that may not actually be happening.

We found out that Johnny was being replaced after he was forced to resign after the verdict in his Amber Heard trial.

If you missed the news, Johnny is still making a massive salary for the third movie.

Mads Mikkelsen In Talks To Take Over Johnny Depp's Role in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Mads Mikkelsen just might be the new Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3.

Deadline reports that the 54-year-old actor is currently in talks to take over the role from Johnny Depp, who departed the film franchise after losing his libel case against The Sun earlier this month.

Warner Bros. revealed earlier last week that they had asked Johnny to resign after the outcome of his trial was revealed, and he did.

The studio released a statement and said, “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”

Many names have been floating around about who would replace Johnny, including Colin Farrell, who was Grindelwald in disguise in the first film, and even Jamie Campbell Bower, who played the young version of Grindelwald in a Harry Potter franchise flashback and the second Fantastic Beasts film.

Mads is best known for his roles in Doctor Strange as Kaecilius, Hannibal and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

He also recently wrapped filming on Chaos Walking opposite Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

It was just recently revealed how much Johnny got paid for only working one day on the film. See how much here…

Mads Mikkelsen & Vanessa Hudgens Star in Netflix's New Movie 'Polar' - Watch The Trailer Now!

Check out the key art for Netflix’s new original film, Polar.

Based on upon the Dark Horse graphic novel “Polar: Came from the Cold” by Victor Santos, the movie centers on the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen), who is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm.

Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.

Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas, Ruby O. Fee, Fei Ren, Anthony Grant, Josh Cruddas, Robert Maillet, Julian Richings, Johnny Knoxville and Richard Dreyfuss also star in the movie.

Polar will premiere Friday, January 25th on Netflix.