Jude Law to play young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel
Pottermore has just announced Academy Award nominee Jude Law as young Albus Dumbledore for the next Fantastic Beasts sequel.
As one of J.K. Rowlings most iconic character, previously played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter series, Law will play Dumbledore before he became Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At the time of the second film, Dumbledore was the school’s Transfiguration professor and a childhood friend of Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Dumbledore was referenced in the first film as the professor who argued against Newt Scamander’s expulsion from Hogwarts.
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Fantastic Beasts director David Yates is set to return for the sequel, as well as for the other five films, with Eddie Redmayne returning as Newt Scamander as well as Depp’s Grindelwald.
In a statement on Pottermore, Yates said of the casting, “Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.’
Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures, said in the same statement, “As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ cast, playing a character so universally adored. Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
Law will be seen next in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and currently stars in HBO’s The Young Pope.
The first film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them grossed more than $813 million in the box office. The sequel begins filming this summer. There is no set title as of yet.
Fantastic Beasts 2 is set to release November 16th, 2018.