Depp debuted as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them back in 2016, the same year that allegations against Depp first emerged. Amid the controversy, some fans began campaigning for Depp to be replaced in the franchise, though the filmmakers and franchise creator J.K. Rowling voiced their support of Depp.
‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Officially Replaces Johnny Depp with Mads Mikkelsen
Following rumors emerging earlier this month that Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen would be taking over the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming third Fantastic Beasts film from Johnny Depp, Warner Bros. has confirmed that the deal has become official.
Depp himself announced his departure, taking to Instagram weeks ago to announce that he was stepping away from the role at the request of the studio, after months of controversy regarding domestic abuse allegations against Depp from ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor reportedly only filmed one scene for the currently in-production third film, which is set to hit theaters on July 15, 2022.