By Renee Ventaloro
Warner Bros. has been to be considering major British actors from the role of a younger Albus Dumbledore, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Christian Bale to Jared Harris for the role. Now, Jude Law has been chosen to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” franchise. The iconic character of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world was first played by Richard Harris in the first two films. Michael Gambon took over in 2002 after Harris’ unfortunate passing.
The film’s sequel will show Dumbledore decades prior to becoming the Headmaster of the most enchanting fictional schools, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The two-time Academy Award nominee is serving as the wizarding school’s transfiguring professor in “Fantastic Beasts 2.” The first film briefly mentions Dumbledore, the second installment is set for the beloved character to make his grand entrance.
“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,” director David Yates told the press. “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.”
Yates will be returning to direct the film alongside a casted Johnny Depp, who is set to play evil wizard and Albus’ former friend Gellert Grindelwald. Eddie Redmayne will also be returning as Newt Scamander. Law’s next flick to hit theaters will be “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” on May 12. He is currently on the HBO drama “The Young Pope.“
The first movie in the five-part ‘Fantastic Beast’ series grossed more than $813 million at the box office. Rowling will also be returning with Yates to write the script for the film. “Fantastic Beasts 2” begins production this summer and will hit theaters on November 16, 2018.