The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was one of last year’s biggest hits, and the sequel is expected to start shooting soon. Now, it has been confirmed that Jude Law will play the role of Dumbledore in the upcoming film.
As recently reported by Variety, the British actor will play the younger version of the Hogwarts headmaster in the movie. Law will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, reprising his role as magizoologist Newt Scamander, and Johnny Depp, playing the villainous Grindelwald. Law is best known for such movies as Sherlock Holmes, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Hugo. He will also appear in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Director David Yates said this in a statement: “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. 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.“
Yates also directed the first film, which was released last November and has since made $813 million at the worldwide box office. The sequel is slated for a November 16, 2018 release, and according to Rowling will be the second of five movies. Last year it was revealed that the film would be set in Paris.
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