Jude Law is set to play the young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, Variety reports. The actor is the latest addition to the franchise following Johnny Depp, who was announced to take the role of the villainous Gellert Grindelwald last November.
Before he reached iconic status with readers in the Harry Potter world as one of the greatest wizards of all time, the young Dumbledore was the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and formed a friendship with the wicked but charismatic Grindelwald. There was controversy surrounding Depp's casting choice in the movie, due to abuse allegations by ex-wife Amber Heard.
David Yates, the film's director, later explained the decision to fan site The Leaky Cauldron:
"Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”
He also commented on Law joining the film, saying: “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 is returning to helm Fantastic Beasts 2 (which is set in Paris), with J.K. Rowling penning script once again. Last October, she confirmed the franchise will span five movies. Look out for the sequel's premiere on Nov. 16, 2018. Next, listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below: