Mads Mikkelsen says the ‘amazing’ Johnny Depp ‘might’ return for Fantastic Beasts 4

Mads Mikkelsen raised the possibility of Johnny Depp returning to the Fantastic Beasts saga given his recent victory in the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

Mikkelsen replaced Depp as Gellert Grindelwald for the third installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, after Depp resigned at the request of Studio Warner Bros last year.

Mikkelsen said at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Monday that “it was very intimidating” to follow in Depp’s footsteps for the role.

“Obviously, well, now the course has changed – he’s won the lawsuit, the court [case] – Let’s see if he comes back. He could. I’m a big fan of Johnny. I think he’s a great actor, I think he did a fantastic job.

He continued, “Even so, I couldn’t copy it. There was no way I could just copy it because it’s so much him. It would be creative suicide. So we had to come up with something else, something that was mine, and build a bridge between him and me.

“Well, yeah, it was intimidating. His fans were very, very cute, but they were also very stubborn. I didn’t interact with them much, but I could understand why their hearts were broken.”

The Independent has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.

A fourth Fantastic Beasts film has not yet been announced by the production company.

Mikkelsen is in the third turn beasts The film was well received by critics, who argued that Danish actor Depp gave a superior performance, but Mikkelsen previously said the takeover was “messy”.

In June, a jury in Virginia, US, returned its verdicts, finding that Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts.

Mads Mikkelsen and Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts films

(Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

She was ordered to award him $10.35m (£8.5m) in damages and $5m (£4.1m) in punitive damages. Heard was found to have had a partial win in her case and was awarded $2 million (£1.6 million) in damages, but no punitive damages.

Heard has since appealed the $10.35million (£8.5million) judgment handed down against her, while Depp requested that the defamation award she received be overturned. Mads Mikkelsen says the ‘amazing’ Johnny Depp ‘might’ return for Fantastic Beasts 4


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