The role of young Albus Dumbledore in FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD has been perfectly cast, according to Eddie Redmayne.
Albus Dumbledore was briefly mentioned in the first Fantastic Beasts film, with Percival Graves (later revealed to be Gellert Grindelwald in disguise) asking Newt Scamander, “What makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you?” Their friendship will be explored more in the second film of the franchise, and Eddie Redmayne says that there couldn’t have been a better pick than Jude Law to help him bring that relationship to the screen.
I had talked a little bit with Jo [Rowling] about what Newt and Dumbledore’s relationship was in the first film because it was alluded to. And then when they cast Jude, who I’ve known for a long time, it made such sense because there was a kind of debonair quality to him, but also like a playfulness that felt entirely appropriate, but also there’s a kind of weight to his… he’s got a weightiness, Dumbledore… Not physical weightiness [laughs]But when Jude arrived on set, he just looked so perfect. It all made complete sense.
Dumbledore will be a major player in the upcoming film, as his former friend Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) has executed a dramatic escape from the Magical Congress of the United States of America, normally referred to as MACUSA. He is now amassing followers, and only Dumbledore might be able to stop him. However, he needs the help of the wizard who thwarted Grindelwald once before.
This new adventure will reunite Scamander and Dumbledore and bring back our favorite characters from the first film – Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Rather than exploring more magical portions of the United States, this film will be based in London and Paris and include some surprising nods to the Harry Potter series.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in theaters November 16th, 2018.