Just prior to the release of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Brothers announced that Johnny Depp had joined the cast of the sequel as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Although it was initially assumed that the new five-film series would mostly revolve around Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, it is now becoming clear that another centerpiece of the series will be the relationship between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, who were close friends (and perhaps more than just friends) before a falling out drove them apart. Now we know who will be playing the key role of Dumbledore opposite Johnny Depp in the new series. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Jude Law has signed on to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (as well as, I assume, the other movies in the series). Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris in the first two Harry Potter films, but then Michael Gambon took over following the death of Harris in 2002. Fantastic Beasts 2 follows Dumbledore before he was the headmaster at Hogwarts, although he still serves as the school’s transfiguration professor.
Other actors up for the role reportedly included Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and even Richard Harris’ son Jared. It’s been a few years since Jude Law has headlined a big blockbuster (2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) but he will be appearing in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword this summer. He was also praised for his recent performance in Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series The Young Pope. Do you think Jude Law is a good choice to play Dumbledore?