Jude Law to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the next ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film.
In a surprising turn of events, Jude Law has been cast to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel. According to Variety, Law, who is a two-time Academy Award nominee, will portray Dumbledore long before the Hogwarts Headmaster became the iconic and legendary wizard he is known to be. Reportedly, Law’s Dumbledore will serve as the wizarding school’s transfiguration professor in “Fantastic Beasts 2.”
“Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I have long admired, and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him,” said director David Yates. “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.”
Law will be the latest high-profile actor to join the Harry Potter universe. Prior to the release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” it was originally leaked that Johnny Depp had joined to play the main villain, Grindelwald.
“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ cast, playing a character so universally adored,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures, added on Law’s casting. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ is scheduled to hit theaters next year on November 16, 2018.