We’re still a couple of weeks away from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Warner Bros. is acting like its a slamdunk on par with the success of Harry Potter 4 or 5. In other words, box office success is so completely assured, they don’t have to wait to see how it goes before proceeding with the sequel. In the case of the pending Fantastic Beasts sequel, the first of four, there’s multiple stages of ambition because not only is production full-steam ahead well before the movie’s released, but they’re already looking to cast a massive part for it, a fan favourite character who already has eight Harry Potter movies under his cloak.
While speaking to ScreenRant while doing a round of press for Fantastic Beasts, director David Yates said a) young Albus Dumbledore will be making a substantive appearance in the film alongside Eddie Redmayne‘s Newt Scamander, and b) the production is already looking for the perfect candidate. “In the second movie Dumbledore comes back,” Yates said. “He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt… We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good. [Laughs]”
Whoever is cast as the young Dumbledore will follow in the shoes of the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, the two actors that played the future-Hogwarts headmaster across the eight Harry Potter movies. There was a rumor last week when it was announced that Johnny Depp would be appearing in the Fantastic Beasts sequel that he might be playing the young Dumbledore, but given how guarded J.K. Rowling was that her British characters be brought to life with British actors, it seems the more likely that the young Dumbledore candidate will also be British, perhaps brought to life by Ben Barnes, Matt Smith, or Richard Armitage. Depp, meanwhile, has been pegged as the likely portrayer of Gellert Grindelwald, Dumbledore’s friend-turned-adversary.
In the meantime, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theatres everywhere on November 18.
Source: Screen Crush