Jude Law has been cast to play young Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The movie —scheduled to hit theaters on November 18th, 2018— will see David Yates returning to direct, with Eddie Redmayne reprising the role of Newt Scamander alongside Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.
“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,” said Yates. “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.”
Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts. We will meet him decades earlier, when he is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Grindelwald: they were friends when they were teens, but grew apart after Dumbledore suffered a devastating family loss, and Grindelwald then grew into one of the most powerful dark wizards in history.
“Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” Rowling has said. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man. We’ll see him at that formative period of his life.“