Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

Apr 13, 2017, 02:54
Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

Law will be the fourth actor to portray Dumbledore on the silver screen. Dumbledore was previously played in the first two "Harry Potter" films by Richard Harris.

Warner Bros. announced the casting Tuesday. If you don't recall, this is when Dumbledore was a Transfiguration teacher and Gellert Grindelwald (to be played by Johnny Depp) was leading his own revolution as a very powerful Dark wizard.

It looks like we have a new Albus Dumbledore!

JK Rowling past year hinted that the relationship between gay wizard characters Dumbledore and Grindelwald will be central to her upcoming Harry Potter spin-off films. "We'll see him at that formative period of his life", she said at the time.

Director David Yates added: "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".

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Law, a two-time Oscar nominee who now stars in the HBO series "The Young Pope", has big shoes to fill.

According to Variety, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Jared Harris were all considered for the part in the Harry Potter spinoff.

Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences, the 2016 release became a global blockbuster, earning more than $813 million at the box office. You may recall that, in the first Fantastic Beasts film, Grindelwald (disguised as Graves, at this point) mentioned that Dumbledore defended Newt when he was kicked out of Hogwarts.