Johnny Depp may eventually return as wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series. And this is something Mads Mikkelsen, the actor who replaced him in the role, said. Johnny played Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off in the first two films. He was then replaced by Mads in the wake of domestic abuse allegations leveled against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Also read: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

Mads Mikkelsen played the famous dark wizard in the third film Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which came out earlier this year. Fans have campaigned to bring Johnny back after he won a libel suit against Amber over allegations of domestic violence. Many see this as proof of his innocence.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Mads said: “Obviously the course has changed now – he won the lawsuit (against Amber), the court (case) – so let’s see if he comes back. He can.” The actor added that he was intimidated to take on the role after Johnny and understood why his fans had “broken their hearts.”

“I’m a big fan of Johnny. I think he’s a great actor, I think he’s done a great job. That said, I couldn’t copy it. There was no way I could just copy it because it’s so much his. It would be creative suicide. So we had to think of something else, something that belonged to me, and build a bridge between him and me. So yes, it was intimidating. His fans were very, very sweet, but they were also very stubborn. I didn’t have too much contact with them, but I could understand why their hearts were broken,” he added.

Johnny appeared in the role in a cameo towards the end of the first movie– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), before starring in the second film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018). The series also stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller and Katherine Waterson. Two more movies have been announced in the series, but work on the fourth installment hasn’t started yet.

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