Mads Mikkelsen debuts as Grindelwald after Johnny Depp agreed to resign from the role as the dark wizard.
The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is finally here with Mads Mikkelsen debuting as Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard, and predecessor of Voldemort. The rest of the cast returns with Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Callum Turner. David Yates—the director of the last four films in the Harry Potter series—returns as director, with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves writing the screenplay. The upcoming film is the third chapter of the Harry Potter spinoff series which will pick up from the previous film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
"If you listen carefully enough, the past whispers to you," Law's Albus Dumbledore can be heard telling Redmayne's Newt Scamander as they come together to prevent the dark wizard Grindelwald from killing muggles. "The world as we know it is coming undone. Grindelwald is pulling it undone with hate," Dumbledore continues, "If we're to defeat him, you'll have to trust me." On the other side, Grindelwald tells his followers, "Our war with the Muggles begins today."
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The film has been stirring up headlines since Doctor Strange star Mads Mikkelsen stepped in to play Gellert Grindelwald. Johnny Depp, who initially played the character, claimed that Warner Bros. asked him to step down from the role and he agreed, as per Comic Book. This came shortly after he lost his libel case against a British tabloid in November 2020 amid legal troubles involving his ex-wife Amber Heard's assault allegations, which he has denied. As for his on-screen role, the character of Grindelwald was originally played by Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with the character turning into Johnny Depp when he was "unmasked."
Mikkelsen, who is playing the present Grindelwald, told The Sunday Times in June that he would have loved to talk to Depp before taking over the role. "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," he shared. "I didn't want to copy what Johnny had done. I think he's a masterful actor, so copying him would've been creative suicide," Mikkelsen said. "I had to figure out something that was definitely my own, and yet also act as a bridge to what he had done. My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we'll have to wait for the film's release to find out," the actor pointed out.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore releases in theaters on April 15.