The wizarding world received some exciting news today: Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the film sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich of Warner Bros. Pictures, who stated:
“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.”
The film’s director David Yates also affirmed the casting: “I know [Law] will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”
Law will depict Dumbledore in his younger years as a Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts, prior to becoming the school’s headmaster. According to Pottermore, Dumbledore is “a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald,” during this period, a wizard who Rowling previously stated Dumbledore fell in love with. Grindelwald is played by Johnny Depp.
The first Fantastic Beasts film grossed over $473 million worldwide. The sequel — which marks the second of five movies in the franchise — is set for release on November 16, 2018.
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