According to Mads Mikkelsen, it was quite difficult

to take over the role of Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp

halfway through the production of the third

Fantastic Beasts


Fortunately, the Danish actor was welcomed with open arms, he says to

USA Today


“I'm that guy who has to follow in someone's footsteps. It's hard to come in after three months of filming and have to replace someone like that,” says Mikkelsen.

"But everyone did their best to make me feel at home. They all stopped by my trailer."

Depp was discredited last year after suing British tabloid

The Sun

for defamation for being called a woman abuser in an article.

A judge ruled that there was no libel and that Depp had indeed assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Film studio Warner Bros.

then asked the actor to step down.