Jude Law Cast as Young Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

Jude Law is set to play one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters.

Warner Bros. President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich has announced that Law has been cast as Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to last year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The next film in the Wizarding World Cinematic Universe (why not?) will find Law playing the iconic wizard before he took on the position of the Headmaster at Hogwarts. Dumbledore will be seen serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He’ll also be a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs. The still-untitled sequel will be moving deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored,” Emmerich said in a statement. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”

Returning director David Yates, making his sixth film in the franchise following the final four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts, 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. 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 directing from a screenplay by Rowling, who made her feature screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts. Cameras on the sequel will start rolling in the second half of 2017 with a US release planned for November 16, 2018.

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