As preparations are coming along for the follow-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it has just been announced that the young Albus Dumbledore will be played by none other than everyone's favourite golden boy turned Pope, Jude Law.
The first film (of an upcoming five) saw Eddie Redmayne take on the lead role of Newt Scamander, alongside a stellar cast including Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell and shock – Johnny Depp.
Introducing the actor on everyone's lips as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald at the end of the movie, Depp is now set to return with a more prominent focus as the sequel will draw more attention to Grindelwald's murky relationship with the young Dumbledore.
On Law's upcoming role and Dumbledore's past, author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling revealed:
"Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.
You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man. We’ll see him at that formative period of his life."
While the X-Men franchise gave Michael Fassbender the role of Magneto, filling Ian McKellen's shoes, and saw James McAvoy as Patrick Stewart's successor, Jude Law's reimagining of the beloved Harry Potter veteran is set to be quite the anticipated event. Sharing really is caring.
According to Digital Spy, director David Yates expressed his excitement at Law's welcome to the Fantastic Beasts family. “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,” the director 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.”
The sequel is set to flit between Paris and Watford. The film will see the return of the original cast with its welcome additions, with another J.K. Rowling screenplay. Filming will begin this summer, ready for a November 2018 release.