Mads Mikkelsen is pretty busy lately. Currently gearing up to co-star in the long-delayed fifth installment of Indiana Jones, he recently finished filming Fantastic Beasts 3. Last year, Mikkelsen was announced to replace Johnny Depp in the prominent role of the franchise's antagonist, Grindelwald, for the upcoming third film along with the remaining two installments planned in the five-part prequel series to the Harry Potter films.. Depp was dropped following accusations of abuse towards Amber Heard in the UK tabloid, The Sun. While talking to Collider, who Mikkelsen also talked to in praising the script for Indy 5, Mikkelsen explained how it is important that he develop his own Grindelwald, looking to create a "bridge" between his performance and Depp's:
“Nobody’s interested in me going in there and trying to copy anything, that would be creative suicide immediately, especially when it’s been done before and masterfully. So everybody’s expecting us to find a different path. Having said that, we need a bridge between what he did and what I’m gonna do, so those bridges you have to find together, whether it’s a certain look, whether it’s a certain attitude in certain situations, but you have to make it your own. Anything else would be plainly just creatively stupid.”
With shooting wrapped, Fantastic Beasts 3 has had it's release delayed until July 15th, 2022 so it doesn't collide with the plethora of delayed blockbusters that are finally starting to release this summer. Hopefully, the film will be a upgrade from the critically mixed 2018 film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which also underperformed at the box office.
Fantastic Beasts 3 co-stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, and Jude Law. It is once again directed by David Yates.