Jude Law to play Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel
Story by Jack Foley
TWO-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law is to star as Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.
The news was confirmed by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In the much-anticipated new Wizarding World film, Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the Harry Potter books and movies.
We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.
JK Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the global hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has also written the screenplay for the second movie.
The story moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.
In making the announcement, Emmerich stated: “As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored. Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
Director David Yates added: “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 earned Oscar nominations for his work in Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley, winning a BAFTA Award for the latter. He will next be seen in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and currently stars in the HBO series The Young Pope.
The first film in the Fantastic Beasts series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, began a new era in the wizarding world, decades before the Harry Potter movies, which still reign as the top-grossing film franchise of all time.
Acclaimed by both critics and audiences, the 2016 release became a global blockbuster, earning more than $813 million at the box office.
Principal photography begins this summer on the new Fantastic Beasts adventure, which will be directed by David Yates, who previously helmed the final four Harry Potter features, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film, which is the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts movies, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.