Mads Mikkelsen Has Officially Replaced Johnny Depp In 'Fantastic Beasts'

It's official: Johnny Depp has been replaced in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

While actors leaving movies and being replaced isn't exactly uncommon in the world of Hollywood, the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp and his resignation from the film franchise has stirred up a lot of attention, and many fans were eager to find out who would be taking on the role.

Johnny Depp had previously starred as villain Gellert Grindelwald in the *Fantastic Beasts* franchise.

While the star was initially signed up to star in five films in the franchise set in the pre-Harry Potter wizarding world, Johnny announced on Instagram on November 6 that he would be resigning from the franchise moving forward, despite production already beginning on the third film.

Johnny shared the news in a letter posted to his Instagram page.

"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," he wrote.

It wasn't long before Warner Bros. confirmed who would be replacing him in the role.

Mads Mikkelsen has officially been cast to replace Johnny as Grindelwald in the remaining films.

Mads, best known for his work in Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Casino Royale, and Hannibal, was confirmed by Warner Bros. to be taking over the part after rumors had swirled that he was previously in talks for the role.

What do you think?

Are you excited to see Mads' take on the character and curious about how they'll handle the replacement in the film? Or do you believe that the role should still be Johnny's? Let us know in the comments below!