Jude Law will join the cast of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” sequel as a young Dumbledore, Variety reports. Johnny Depp is set to co-star.
“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ cast, playing a character so universally adored,” Warner Bros. Pictures president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich said. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
The sequel will see Law as Dumbledore in the role of Hogwarts’ Transfiguration professor, years before he became known as the school’s headmaster. There have been two other actors to play Dumbledore; the first being the late Richard Harris in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” and Michael Gambon in the remaining six “Harry Potter” films.
Variety notes several actors were considered for the role, ranging from Christian Bale to Benedict Cumberbatch to Mark Strong. Harris’ own son, Jared Harris (“Mad Men,” “The Crown”) was also in the running.
“Harry Potter” creator J. K. Rowling wrote her first screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and has written its follow-up installment as well, even posting a photo of the script on Twitter. The first “Fantastic Beasts” has grossed over $800 million worldwide since its release in November. The film had a budget of $180 million, making it Warner Bros. Entertainment’s highest grossing film of 2016 internationally.
Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself, “Fantastic Beasts” stars Eddie Redmayne as renowned magizoologist Newt Scamander, who arrives in 1926 New York City amid rising tensions between the Wizarding World and the No-Majs (the American term for Muggles). It’s against that setting that Newt’s mysterious suitcase is opened, unleashing some of the magical creatures stored within.