Jude Law joins the cast of the FANTASTIC BEASTS Sequel as the most beloved character Albus Dumbledore.
Variety made the announcement that Jude Law (HBO’s The Young Pope) will be taking on the role of future Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, we’ll get to see Dumbledore before he takes on that famed role of headmaster as the film takes place well before Harry Potter was in existence. Instead Law will play Dumbledore as the transfiguration professor.
Director David Yates understands the importance of choosing the right person for the role, and after going through a list of esteemed actors, including Richard Harris’ son, Jared Harris (Richard Harris had played the original Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films), they felt Jude Law was the right actor.
“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,” Yates said. “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 has a list of fairly popular and well-known movies to his credentials that have given him some diverse roles, including that of the disabled Jerome Eugene Morrow in Gattaca, the rich and spoiled playboy in The Talented Mr. Ripley, the famed assistant Dr. John Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, and as the evil dictator Vortigern in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which is also directed by Guy Ritchie.
He can currently be seen as the first American Pope in HBO’s limited series The Young Pope.
Law will be joining Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp in the second installment of the fantasy series.