华纳兄弟. Pictures announced Wednesday that the 55-year-old star — known for his roles in the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “Hannibal” 和 “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — has been cast as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
The third “神奇的野兽” installment is in production outside of London. Its release date is set for July 15, 2022.
Mikkelson’s casting comes just weeks after Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure as the villain in the “哈利·波特” prequel series.
“Johnny Depp will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. 我们感谢约翰尼迄今为止所做的电影工作,” the studio said. “‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
Depp also confirmed the news, explaining in a statement on social media that he accepted a request to resign.
“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. 从我在《神奇动物》中担任格林德瓦的角色开始，我尊重并同意了这一要求,”他 写.
Depp added, “I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.”
他总结: “Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement [原文如此] of the court in the U.K. 不会改变我说实话的战斗，并确认我计划上诉. 我的决心仍然坚定，我打算证明对我的指控是错误的. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”
The decision came after the 57-year-old actor lost his high-stakes libel case Monday against The Sun tabloid newspaper for labeling him a “wife beater,” as a British judge said he believed the actor had abused ex-wife Amber Heard to such an extent that she frequently feared for her life.
Depp continues to deny all allegations of abuse.
裘德·罗 recently opened up about his own participation in the movie and the recasting of Depp’s character.
“这是一部伟大的电影, 而且有很多, 多层. 这可能是我创作过的最大作品之一,” 法, 47, 告诉 “今晚娱乐.” “在这种情况下, 你推迟到工作室. 那就是你所能做的. 因为您必须露面并发挥自己的作用。”
福克斯新闻’ Jessica Napoli and Nate Day contributed to this report.