Jude Law to star as young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel
Jude Law is to star as the young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Law joins the cast for the sequel and will play Dumbledore when is just beginning his career at Hogwarts, serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor.
The sequel will be written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, who was behind the camera on four of the eight Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Speaking about the announcement of Law's casting, Yates said: "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."
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set 70 years before the events of Harry Potter and follows the adventures of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander, a wizard at the heart New York's secret magic community, who arrives for a meeting with a briefcase full of magical creatures, some of whom end up escaping.
The movie starred Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterson, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler. Johnny Depp will be a key part of the sequel, playing Dumbledore's old rival Gellert Grindelwald.
Production on the sequel is expected to get underway later this year, with it currently due for release on November 16th in 2018.