Since it was announced that Albus Dumbledore would be appearing in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans have speculated who would be cast to play the younger version of the beloved Hogwarts’ Headmaster. Today, we got our answer.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Jude Law will pick up the famous wizard’s wand.
“Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies. We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.”
It’s clear that when we next see the adored Professor, he will be at a very different point in his life than he is throughout the original Harry Potter series when we’ve come to know him, and Director David Yates confirmed this in his statement about Law’s casting:
”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. 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.”
Little else is known about the sequel to 2016’s magical hit, other than the fact that Rowling’s script will supposedly “move deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
How Newt and his friends will factor into the looming battle between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) that the original Harry Potter books and films informed us is coming is anybody’s guess, but with Rowling writing the script and Yates returning as director, fans can rest assured that the journey will be nothing short of fantastic.
The untitled sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theaters on November 16th, 2018.
What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Jude Law will make a good Dumbledore, or would you have preferred a different actor to don the professor’s robes? Comment below and let me know!