The Danish star has taken over from Depp in the film franchise after the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star was asked to step down after losing a libel trial against The Sun's publishers over a story, in which he was described as a "wife beater", and now Mads is playing catch-up on the role.
"I've met him (Depp) once," Mikkelsen tells AP Entertainment. "I wish I had his phone number, but unfortunately that's not the case."
"There's nothing else I can do, to be honest. The only approach I can have is connect the bridge between what he did and what I'm gonna do and then we'll see what lands. There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I'm going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own."
Regarding Depp's exit from the third film in the "Fantastic Beasts" series, Mikkelsen says, "It's also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad... These are sad circumstances."
Depp himself has addressed his exit from the "Fantastic Beasts" series through a letter he posted on Instagram. "In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty," he said in his November 6 statement.
"I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days," the ex-husband of Amber Heard continued. "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."
The "Fantastic Beasts 3" is scheduled for release in July 2022.