Mads Mikkelsen in Fantastic Beasts movie
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Mads Mikkelsen Says Johnny Depp 'Might' Return To 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise

Mads Mikkelsen has opened up about the possibility of Johnny Depp returning to the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Johnny Depp, 59, has had a complicated past few years. The Sherlock Gnomes star faced multiple legal battles, the most famous of which being the much-discussed defamation trial between him and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, 36. After the trial's verdict was given in his favor, many fans began wondering if he would be returning to franchises he had previously left.

Johnny Depp originated the role of Grindelwald in the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise before being asked to resign.

Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts movie.
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"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and I have respected and agreed to that request,” Johnny shared at the time. Actor Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his work on Hannibal and Casino Royale, replaced the star in the role.

Mads has recently opened up about taking over the role and about the possibility of Depp returning.

“I’m a big fan of Johnny,” Mads has said in a new interview.

“I think he’s an amazing actor, I think he did a fantastic job," Mads told Vanity Fair. "Having said that, I could not copy it. There was no way I could just copy it, because it’s so much him. It would be creative suicide. So, we had to come up with something else, something that was mine, and build a bridge between him and me.”

"His fans were very, very sweet, but they were also very stubborn,” Mads said about taking over the role from such a beloved icon.

“I didn’t interact too much with them, but I could understand why they had their hearts broken," he said of replacing the star.

“It was very intimidating,” Mads went on..

Mads then revealed there is a possibility Depp could return to the role.

“Obviously, well, now the course has changed—he won the suit, the court [case]—so let’s see if he comes back. He might," Mads teased.

Would you be excited to see Depp return to the franchise, or do you think they should stick with Mads? Let us know in the comments!

h/t: Vanity Fair