If Mikkelsen does decide to play Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, it could ultimately prove an upgrade over Depp. Although Depp is undeniably the bigger box office star thanks to his days of playing Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Mikkelsen is a terrific actor with a strong fan base.
According to Deadline, Mads Mikkelsen is the top choice to play Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. He is reportedly the favorite for director David Yates and is in early talks to play the part. Although his deal is not yet signed, the report notes that Yates is a big fan of Mikkelsen’s work and is working with WB to try and lock him in.
Hopefully, a deal does close, and Mikkelsen reports to set before too long, as the rest of the cast is currently filming the sequel. With Fantastic Beasts 3 not scheduled to arrive until July 2022, though, it might be a while before fans catch a glimpse of what he’ll look like as Grindelwald