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Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp for third 'Fantastic Beasts' movie

November 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mads Mikkelsen attends the red carpet of the movie ''Druk'' during the 15th Rome Film Festival on October 20, 2020 in Rome, Italy (Photo by Luca Carlino/NurPhoto)

Mads Mikkelsen will replace Johnny Depp as the villainous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third "Fantastic Beasts" movie, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced in a statement.

(CNN)Mads Mikkelsen will replace Johnny Depp as the villainous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third "Fantastic Beasts" movie, Warner Bros.

Pictures has announced in a statement.

The movie, due for release on July 15, 2022, is currently in production at Warner Bros.

Depp debuted as Grindelwald at the end of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie, but played a much larger part in the second installment, which charts the wizard's rise.

On November 6, Depp wrote in a statement posted on Instagram that he had been asked by Warner Bros.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. , which like CNN is owned by WarnerMedia, confirmed the news.

Depp referenced the decision in a statement announcing his departure and said he plans to continue his legal fight.

The first two "Fantastic Beast" films were released in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and there will be five in total, according to creator JK Rowling.

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