Following rumors earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures has now officially announced that Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hannibal, Casino Royale) has been cast as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts film.
Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp, who played the role in the previous two Fantastic Beasts films.
The latest installment in the series is currently in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside of London.
The journey continues as Warner Bros. Pictures’ third Fantastic Beasts film takes audiences back to the beloved Wizarding World for an all-new, globe-trotting adventure.
In addition to Mads Mikkelsen, the latest installment of Fantastic Beasts features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, and two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley).
The film reunites director David Yates and producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis, all of whom had collaborated on the previous two films in the series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger and Courtenay Valenti serve as executive producers. The screenwriters are J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves.
The release date for the third Fantastic Beasts installment is July 15, 2022 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Filming for the third installment was originally scheduled to begin on March 16, 2020, but it was delayed due to the current health crisis. Production then commenced in September.
As with the first two films, the third will take us to new continents, exploring wizarding cultures across the globe.
The first Fantastic Beasts film introduced us to American wizarding life in 1927 New York, the second took us to Paris, and Fantastic Beasts 3 will be visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Released in 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them grossed $814 million worldwide, while the 2018 sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brought in $654.9 million globally.