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Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts 3'
Mads Mikkelsen
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The Warner Bros. announced today that Mads Mikkelsen had been cast as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third “Fantastic Beasts” film. Mikkelsen is no stranger to evil magic users, having previously played supervillain sorcerer Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.

Considering his filmography, Mikkelsen seems an excellent choice to play magnetic murderer wizard and magical fuckboy Grindelwald. Depp announced in November that he would no longer be playing Grindelwald after Warner Bros. asked him to step down from the role.

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Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
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In a letter posted to Instagram, Johnny Depp announced he will no longer be the character Grindelwald of the Fantastic Beasts franchise after "being asked to resign by Warner Bros."

The Warner Bros. decision is related to the fact that earlier this week, Depp lost his libel case against the Sun after he was called a “wife-beater” following stories of alleged abuse against Heard.

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Johnny Depp loses libel trial against The Sun newspaper
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Johnny Depp’s libel action against the publishers of the Sun newspaper – which was dismissed by a judge in London this week – may prove to be the moment the public was finally disabused of any lingering illusions of Hollywood as a place of glamour and sophistication. Depp sued the newspaper over an article that claimed the actor was violent toward Heard while they were together, and branded him a "wife-beater".

Judge Andrew Nicol said in his judgment Monday: "I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account."