Following his highly-publicized departure from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, fans have had some news about who is set to replace Johnny Depp's iconic character, and it's none other than Mads Mikkelsen!
Here's what we know so far...
Johnny Depp isn't having a great time right now.
via: GettyThe Kentucky born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 4 years.
Now, no one could have ever predicted that the actor would be wrapped up in such a highly-publicized scandal.
via: GettyAfter meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis. And, for the most part, this coupling seemed to be the start of a promising relationship.
At first, the pair seemed perfect for each other.
via: GettyDepp and Heard enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm, and seemingly madly in love.
However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.
via: GettyTheir honeymoon period was a little short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Depp reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of "smashing bottles and windows" during a heated argument with his wife.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...
via: GettySo it came as no shock when Heard filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their "I do"s.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...
via: GettyWith many news outlets reporting that Heard had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation...
via: GettyHeard filed a restraining order against Depp, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make...
via: GettySo people were confused when Heard retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
But this didn't stop the world from turning against Depp.
via: GettyHeard had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
via: GettyThough she didn't explicitly name her ex-husband in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out."
There was an outpour of support for Heard...
via: GettyWho was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".
But, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him...
via: GettyDepp found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring him for roles...
via: GettyAnd his appearance in J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald,?was heavily criticized.
And, in 2018, he was dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
via: IMDBIn a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Heard's damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
However, Depp wasn't going down without a fight.
via: GettyLast year, he filed a $50-million defamation case against Heard and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor alleged that he was the victim all along.
via: GettyHis defamation lawsuit read: “The op-ed [Heard's article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."
The lawsuit also stated that all of Heard’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false"...
via: GettyAnd listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
The allegations are difficult to read.
via: Getty"She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me," his lawsuit read.
And, to tarnish the actress' reputation and credibility even further...
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Depp."You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn't matter how friendly it is, it's not cool," she could be heard saying.
The case was grueling...
via: GettyAnd, more recently, Depp has been in court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper - whom he was suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a "wife-beater."
Depp and Heard were in court as part of the 3-week long trial.
via: GettyWhile in court, both parties played pretty dirty, revealing compromising photographs of each other which have blown everything out of the water, yet again. And of course with the evidence came more allegations.
But last month, it was confirmed things haven't gone Depp's way.
via: ShutterstockHe lost the controversial case against the newspaper and editor Dan Wootton.
As a result of this staggering loss, he is now required to pay substantial costs to the newspaper group.
via: Shutterstock"The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years. "Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court," said a spokesperson.
Things were quick to get even worse for the actor as he was then forced to resign from his role of Grindlewald in Fantastic Beasts 3.
There has been a glimmer of hope for Depp, however.Though he will not be appearing in the upcoming movie, he will be receiving the full 8-figure salary he was set to earn, the Hollywood Reporter has claimed.
This comes after Depp shot one scene for the movie last month.Per?THR’s report: “Warner Bros. will be on the hook for Depp’s full salary, even though he only had shot one scene since production began on September 20 in London. Like many A-list stars, Depp had a so-called pay-or-play contract, which requires that he be fully compensated whether or not the film is made and even if it is recast. As is common with stars of his level, there was no morality clause in his contract, even though it was amended with each new installment. Technically, Depp was not fired by Warner Bros. but asked to resign. It is unclear what recourse it would have had if the star refused."
And now, fans have had a much-needed update on the new movie.The role of Grindelwald has been filled by a certain Hollywood actor, and fans have had a lot?to say.
Replace JK Rowling with Mads Mikkelsen too https://t.co/PmTOlvsp56— ? daniel barnes ? (@? daniel barnes ?)1605059161.0
I really couldnt care less about Mads Mikkelsen taking up the role. No one can replace or play a character like Joh… https://t.co/wzDmmHgzUZ— S Nicole M (@S Nicole M)1605057409.0
BREAKING: Mads Mikkelsen is being considered to replace Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3. While Mikkelsen is a gre… https://t.co/WlHzbrC6dB— Price of Reason (@Price of Reason)1605058549.0
I am danish. I LOVE Mads Mikkelsen. I have followed him for ages, back when he only did danish movies. I CRIED when… https://t.co/8lTsJ8Wqnj— CrAzY rAt WaLdMiGnOn ??????????tHe RaTtEr (@CrAzY rAt WaLdMiGnOn ??????????tHe RaTtEr)1605088534.0
Mads Mikkelsen is a great actor no doubt. But WB has done Johnny Depp so dirty, that people must not stop demanding… https://t.co/9b4q2Nmzme— KeepRocking (@KeepRocking)1605074823.0
mads mikkelsen isn’t playing grindelwald and you know why? https://t.co/cuZxMgkz74— grim (@grim)1605056123.0
Mads Mikkelsen is what JD*pp sees when he looks in the mirror of erised. https://t.co/y8Ir6SyTZ0— lex ????? (@lex ?????)1605057262.0
I saw Mads Mikkelsen trending and thought it was about the possibility of Hannibal season 4...sigh. I guess I"ll ju… https://t.co/bwGa6tjNjY— ??Viv? ?? ?? (@??Viv? ?? ??)1605058012.0
Now when Johnny Depp is going to be replaced with Mads Mikkelsen (another actor who I love) I totally still don’t c… https://t.co/vv1lJ7DxI8— Depp's Kingdom (@Depp's Kingdom)1605066328.0