Fantastic Beasts: 10 Actors Who Could Replace Fired Johnny Depp

8. Tom Hardy

Gellert Grindelwald
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Tom Hardy is one of the most charismatic and talented actors you'll find in Hollywood, and it's hard to find two of his performances which are anywhere near the same. That makes it hard to imagine what he might bring to a role like this one, but combine Inception with Legend and Venom, and you might have an idea of the batsh*t crazy things he could get up to as Gellert Grindelwald.

It feels like the main reasons Warner Bros. cast Johnny Depp is because they wanted him to deliver one of his signature, "strange" performances, but Hardy is someone who can both make Grindelwald his own, while also giving the studio the eccentric, unique villain they want for this franchise.

Whether it's Marvel, Mad Max, or even Star Wars (in a deleted scene from The Last Jedi which should have never been left on the cutting room floor), Hardy is no stranger to iconic franchises, and it's hard to imagine him saying no to the chance of being able to enter the world of Harry Potter!

If he were to play Grindelwald, here's hoping he'll be easier to understand than in some past roles!


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