The Hannibal actor was cast as Gellert Grindelwald in the forthcoming third film in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise, taking over from Johnny Depp who was asked to resign by Warner Bros. after losing his libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Here’s the trailer:
Mikkelsen said earlier in the year that he “would have loved to have talked to” Depp about replacing him in Fantastic Beasts.
Speaking to The Times, Mikkelsen said:
“I mean, obviously, they were going to do the film, and obviously he was not involved anymore.”
“But I didn’t have a dog in that fight. And I don’t know what happened [in his private life], and I don’t know if it was fair, him losing the job, but I just knew that the show was going on, and I would have loved to have talked to him about it if I had the chance, but I just don’t know him in that sense.”
“But they called me and they were obviously in a hurry, and I loved the script and so said yes. And I know it was controversial for many people, but that’s just the way it plays out once in a while.”
Jude Law stars in this one as a younger Albus Dumbledore and Mikkelsen co-stars as Gellert Grindelwald. The regular cast is also back that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Dan Fogler, and Jessica Williams.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore will be released on April 15th.