Jude Law Cast as Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2
J.K Rowling and Warner Bros has made no secret of the appearance of a younger Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to their monster hit Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. After an extensive search to find an actor worthy to wear the robe, Jude Law has been officially cast in in the role. Here's what director David Yates had to say:
“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.”
Jude Law might not be everybody's choice for Dumbledore; many fans had hoped that Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes 2, Mad Men) would be cast, in addition to being a fine actor, he's also the son of the late Richard Harris who portrayed Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films. According to Variety, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Harris were all considered for the role.
While the first Fantastic Beasts received a mixed response from critics, Harry Potter fans turned out in force, and the movie grossed an impressive $813 million worldwide. A solid start to a franchise that will span five films and twenty years in the life of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander.
Having made a surprise cameo towards the end of the first movie, Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald will be thrust to the centre of the sequel and will be unleashing all manner of nefarious chaos. Production is due to kick off later this year, and the as yet untitled sequel will arrive in cinemas on November 16, 2018.
Meanwhile, Jude Law is back on villain duties this summer reuniting with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Richie for the long-delayed King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.