Jude Law is set to follow on from Richard Harris and Michael Gambon as one of the most beloved characters from the ‘Harry Potter’ series – in his younger days.
As first reported by Variety, Warner Bros announced today that the 44-year old British actor has been cast as Albus Dumbledore in the as-yet untitled sequel to Harry Potter prequel ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
Law reportedly beats out other contenders for the coveted role including Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Jared Harris – son of the late Richard, the first actor to play the role in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ who passed away in 2002 was replaced by Michael Gambon on the subsequent six ‘Harry Potter’ movies.
‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ and ‘Cold Mountain’ Oscar nominee Law will be set to share the screen with Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, a former close friend of Dumbledore established as the main antagonist of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series in the 2016 film.
Director David Yates states, “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.”
Warner Bros Pictures president Toby Emmerich adds, “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.”
Law does indeed have an illustrious past with Warner Bros, notably playing Watson in the two ‘Sherlock Holmes’ films; he has also reunited with ‘Holmes’ director Guy Ritchie on the upcoming ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.’
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler will also be back in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ follow-up, which The Hollywood Reporter tells us will move away from the first film’s New York setting, taking place in Paris and Watford.
Said to be the second of five ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, it’s scheduled to open 16 November 2018.