Jude Law is an accomplished British actor. His next big role is as the King Vortigern in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which are pretty big shoes to fill from British folklore. Law has also played Dr. John Watson in two Sherlock Holmes movies, another part that holds a great deal of significance being the world’s most famous sidekick after Robin. But how about something more current? How about a beloved character from modern British literature? Well Law has just landed a big one, perhaps the most in demand role of its kind for British men of a certain age. He’s the new Dumbledore!
Well, he’s the young Dumbledore anyway. Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Law will be playing the once and future Headmaster of Hogwarts in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. “As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored,” said Emmerich. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
“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,” added Fantastic Beasts director David Yates. “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.”
The next chapter of the Fantastic Beasts series will follow the further adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who will have to again undo the evil plans of Gellert Grindelwald played by Johnny Depp, who was introduced at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. With Grindelwald having a bigger role, it necessitated the inclusion of his arch-nemeis, Albus Dumbledore, already a powerful wizard and Hogwarts teacher in his own right in the time period. It’s previously been rumoured that Newt was in New York on a secret mission for Dumbledore in the first movie, and I guess we’ll find out if that’s true now that Law is set for part two.
Fantastic Beasts 2 is scheduled to hit theatres everywhere in November 2018.