The Tracking Board has confirmed that British actor Jude Law will be taking up the mantle of Albus Dumbledore in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM PART TWO. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is returning to pen the script for the sequel, following her first outing as screenwriter with last year’s initial film, as is director David Yates, who also directed the last four Harry Potter films.
The film will see Law as the iconic wizard before he was Headmaster of Hogwarts and mentor to Harry and instead, as the Transfiguration professor at the wizarding school.
In a statement about the casting, Yates said: “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.”
Undoubtedly, fans will also be treated to Dumbledore’s clash with the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). In the original seven-book series, it was revealed that Dumbledore and Grindelwald were friends as young boys before Dumbledore ended the friendship after a fight involving himself, Grindelwald, and Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth, which resulted in the death of their sister Ariana. In 1945, the former friends engaged in an epic duel, which Dumbledore won and landed Grindelwald in the prison Nurmengard. It has also been stated that Dumbledore had romantic feelings for Grindelwald, though it is unsure if Grindelwald returned those feelings.
At the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film, Grindelwald revealed himself to have been posing as the American Auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell).
The next film will explore increasingly dark themes as Grindelwald gains more power and hero Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his friends must decide where their allegiances lie. It will begin principal photography this summer with a release date of November 16, 2018 and is the second film in a planned five-part franchise.
Most recently, Law starred in HBO’s series The Young Pope. He will next be seen as the villain in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Vox Lux alongside Rooney Mara. He’s represented by Julian Belfrage & Associates in the U.K., WME, and LBI Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor