The newest film in the Harry Potter universe has added another veteran actor to its cast. Jude Law will play the role of a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels, according to a report by the New York Times’ Cara Buckley.
Dumbledore, widely considered the greatest wizard of all time, is known for his discovery of the 12 uses of dragon blood, his alchemy discoveries and the defeat of the great wizard, Gellert Grindelwald in 1945.
Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Grindelwald in the next film, with Eddie Redmayne returning as Newt Scamander and David Yates returning to direct. According to a report by TheGuardian.com, Yates was thrilled about the casting choice of Law.
“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,” Yates 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 first film was a huge financial success, grossing over $800 million at the box office worldwide last year. It revolved around the eccentric Scamander trying his best to corral several magical creatures that escaped from his suitcase out into 1920s New York. Scamander ends up capturing his “fantastic beasts” and encounters the infamous Grindelwald at the end of the film.
Law is currently starring in the HBO series The Young Pope and will be starring in the upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The Fantastic Beasts sequel is set to be released Nov. 16, 2018.