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It is already confirmed that Johnny Depp is no longer going to be Grindelwald in Fantastic Animals 3 so we propose to those who we think would be the best actors who could replace him.
After months of rumors, the news has been confirmed that Warner does not want Johnny Depp to remain involved in the Harry Potter franchise because of the many legal battles he has open against his ex-wife Amber Heard, and the actor has accepted this decision. definitely abandoning the third Fantastic Animals movie and where to find them 3 leaving a pretty big void.
And is that Depp’s role in JK Rowling’s new saga isn’t exactly small, as he is the main antagonist of the story, and not only that, because his relationship with Jude Law’s Dumbledore goes beyond what two brilliant wizards could have facing each other. Plus, Depp has already shown how good he was at doing Gellert grindelwald in Fantastic Animals: The Crimes of Grindelwald, leaving his mark on all those fans of the Harry Potter saga who always wanted to see this wizard in the flesh.
But Depp is gone and now Warner has a more than complicated task: find your new Grindelwald, which not only has to adapt to what was already said about him in the books but must overcome, or at least equalize, what Depp has already done at the time. Although the studio executives may never read it, here we propose a series of actors that we think would fit the role perfectly.
1. Mads Mikkelsen
It is the name that is sounding loudest to be the possible replacement for Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, even with several fan-arts circulating on the internet demonstrating how well the role would fit him.
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Well, Mads Mikkelsen has everything to fit the role, his age is very close to Depp’s, one is 57 years old and the other 54, and his physical appearance “resembles” a bit the appearance that Grindelwald had been given in the headband. Further Mikkelsen doesn’t have to show how good he is at playing mysterious characters with a somewhat ambiguous sense of justice and good, he has already done so in the Hannibal series or in the Doctor Strange movie.
Since we are talking about the Doctor Strange movie, why not look at its main protagonist, Benedict Cumberbatch That would also fit perfectly into the role Depp vacates.
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Although he is more than ten years younger than Depp, Cumberbatch has other attractions to fit the role, firstly his physique, as mysterious and attractive as that achieved by Depp or Mikkelsen, but also his great capacity for interpretation , especially when it comes to becoming a sociopath that you even end up loving, as he already demonstrated in Sherlock.
3. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Although the difference of age with Depp is more significant with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, is undoubtedly one of the strongest candidates, not only because of his great attractiveness, precisely one of Grindelwald’s qualities, but also because of his ability to play sociopaths at different times in history, thirsty for power and unscrupulous to achieve what they want, as he already demonstrated in the Tudor series, which gave him world fame and in which he played Henry VIII, and in Vikings, where he plays Bishop Heahmund. His problems with alcohol and some other scandal with his wife could play against him to get the role.
4. Ewan McGregor
Despite the fact that, in general, we see Ewan McGregor playing the “good guy in the movie”, that mischievous smile so characteristic of the actor, together with his great capacity for interpretation, make him another candidate for replace Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3.
Perhaps one of the main problems in assuming this role is his commitment to Disney and its series about Obi-Wan Kenobi that will start shooting sooner rather than later for its premiere on the company’s new streaming platform. In case you doubt McGregor’s ability to play the bad guy, you can watch him in Birds of Prey and judge for yourself.
5. James McAvoy
If for other candidates it was a plus, precisely for James McAvoy’s physique is what could make him less fit in this role, and it is that you only need to take a look at his muscle mass to realize that, at least, in Depp’s suits like Grindelwald he does not fit.
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But beyond the fact that all the costumes would have to be redone for a new Grindelwald who loves to go to the gym, McAvoy would be another of the perfect candidates for the role as he has already shown in both Multiple and Glass, how well he does of a person who is not in his right mind.
Colin Farrel, no
Many have been the specialized media that have opted for this option as substitute for grindelwald, but in my opinion, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. As we will all remember, Colin Farrel played the policeman Graves in Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them, who at the end of the film was discovered to be none other than himself Grindelwald disguised, probably using a polyjuice potion, in fact that is why he is arrested and the second film begins, being transferred to Azkaban. Therefore, if Colin Farrel is Grindelwald, where does this whole plot end?