Mads Mikkelsen is reprising the role of Grindelwald, previously played by Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts. Did the two actors speak to each other in stages to manage the transition?

If Mads Mikkelsen recently announced that his Grindelwald would be different from Johnny Depp’s in Fantastic Beasts 3, it’s for two major reasons. The first is because the character will be represented by two actors with divergent personalities and backgrounds, the adaptation of the latter is therefore necessarily specific to each. The second reason is that Mads Mikkelsen and Johnny Depp couldn’t speak to each other once to manage Grindelwald’s transition. It is not known if the studios prevented them or if it was for lack of time that it was done so, but Mads Mikkelsen reveals to AP Entertainment that he had to manage on his own how he was going to approach the character of the franchise.

“I don’t know Johnny Depp. I met him once. I would have liked to have had his phone number but unfortunately, this is not the case”, he reveals before adding “to make his better to bridge the gap between the two versions of the character “. “It’s the only approach I can have, to bridge the gap between what he’s done and what I’m going to do. And then we’ll see what it turns out,” the actor explains. Mads Mikkelsen takes the opportunity to tell his fans that he has been very well received on the sets and that the production team is pleasant: “I’ve been here for a week now. They are fantastic, nice people. David [Yates] is a fantastic director, super nice and wonderful. So far, it’s been great.” Whether some people like it or others, the change of actor for the character of Grindelwald will resolve one of the plot issues in Fantastic Beasts 3.