Danish star Mads Mikkelsen could be the brand-new Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, according to US reports.
Johnny Depp was required to stop the function after losing his high-profile High Court libel trial versus The Sun newspaper earlier this month.
American entertainment industry websites including Variety and Deadline Hollywood say Mikkelsen is now in early talks to handle the role of the dark wizard, and the favourite to bag the part.
Depp had actually only shot one scene in the movie so far according to Variety, indicating re-shoots would be minimal.
3 years younger than Depp at 54, Mikkelsen has made his name playing bad guys including Le Chiffre in 2006 James Bond movie Gambling establishment Royale, Kaecilius in Marvel film Doctor Strange and Hannibal Lecter in TV series Hannibal.
Grindelwald was played by Depp in the very first and 2nd films in the series and he had been due to reprise the function in the third Harry Potter spin-off.
Certainly, it was Depp’s involvement in the franchise that was the driver for the whole civil case after he sued News Group Newspapers Ltd (NGN) over a column which questioned JK Rowling’s judgement in casting Depp in a major role and the article labelled him a “spouse beater”.
However after a three-week trial in main London, Judge Justice Nicol ruled that the tabloid’s report on claims that he was violent towards ex-wife Amber Heard was “considerably true”.
Following the choice, the 57-year-old star exposed that he “was asked to resign by Warner Bros” and that he had actually “appreciated that and agreed to that demand”.
Calling the judge’s ruling “surreal” on social networks, Depp said it “will not change my battle to inform the truth” and that “my life and career will not be defined by this moment in time”.
Depp says he is preparing to appeal the judgment.
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In an earlier statement, Warner Bros thanked Depp “for his work on the movies to date” and validated that the third film will be released worldwide in the summer season of 2022.
The movie had actually initially been due to pertain to cinemas in November 2021, however the COVID-19 pandemic followed by unpredictability over Depp’s trial resulted in delays.
Filming is now under way in the UK, with Eddie Redmayne starring as soon as again as Amphibian Scamander, Jude Law playing a young Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter author JK Rowling co-writing the script.
The motion picture – which will be set in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – is directed by David Yates, who manage four Harry Potter motion pictures and the very first 2 Wonderful Beasts releases.
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Its present release date is 15 July 2022.
Sky News has actually gotten in touch with Mikkelsen, Warner Bros and J K Rowling for comment.