From Christian Bale to Benedict Cumberbatch, every major British actor was considered for this role. Even Richard Harris’ son, Jared Harris, was in the mix. If you recall, Harris played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films before his death. In the end, Jude Law beat out the competition.
Variety reports, the 44-year-old actor joins the Fantastic Beasts sequel as young Dumbledore. Since the movie is set decades before the first Potter film, Dumbledore is still serving as Hogwart’s transfiguration professor. About the young version, JK Rowling previously said the following.
“Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” author JK Rowling revealed. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man. We’ll see him at that formative period of his life.”
Law joins Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp, who return as Newt Scamander and the villainous Grindelwald respectively. Fantastic Beasts 2 is the next installment of the planned five-part franchise.
“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,” director David 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.”
Law will next be seen in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and currently stars in the HBO series, The Young Pope.
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