Jude Law casted as Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel

Posted April 13, 2017

Ripley star will take over the role previously played onscreen in the original Harry Potter movie franchise by the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon for the spin-off series, which is set decades before author J.K. Rowling's boy wizard stories.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced Wednesday the British actor will portray Dumbledore long before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts. We'll see this Dumbledore in the years before he became Hogwarts headmaster, but while he is still the Transfiguration professor. Although the first film focused on Redmayne's Newt and the chaos his arrival in 1920s NY created, it ended with the reveal that the infamous dark wizard Grindelwald had been hiding among them the entire time.

J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with the first Fantastic Beasts film, has also written the screenplay for the second movie, which is set to explore an "increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances".

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In this role, Jude Law should be squaring off against Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald, which should make for an interesting match.

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The star is now about to hit the big screen as the evil wizard king Vortigern in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but can also play nice. Harry Potter is a cult franchise around the world but it is a true national pride for the United Kingdom and English actors often joke that if they were not cast in the saga born of JK Rowling's imagination, They missed their careers. The as yet unnamed sequel is due to release November 16th, 2018.

At the very least, we know that Law can play a young Pope, so a young Dumbledore is maybe just a natural progression?

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