He denied it in an interview early this week, but now Deadline are confirming that Mads Mikkelsen will replace Johnny Depp as the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts movie.
Depp lost a libel case against Amber Heard for alleged domestic violence and stepped down from the role. He was on a pay-or-play contract with no moral hazard clauses so he will still take home his fee.
The movie recently moved its original November 12th 2021 release out to summer 2022 and is currently shooting at Leavesden Studios in the UK alongside The Batman. Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law return and are already on set.
No word yet on any plot details, other than presuming it’s a continuation of where the last one left off.