Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has cast a very major character today.
Young Albus Dumbledore has finally been cast with Jude Law taking over the role, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Dumbledore has been previously played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon after Harris’ passing. It will be interesting to see a younger Albus Dumbledore in action. Although I’m still not sure how I feel about Law as Dumbledore. It’s not a bad casting. I like Jude Law. But something feels bizarrely off.
(Although not as much as I don’t like Depp as Grindlewald.)
Director David Yates, however, is thrilled to have Law aboard.
In a statement, he said: “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.”
In this new sequel, we can expect to see a Dumbledore that doesn’t seem to have the world quite as figured out.
“Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the Harry Potter books and movies. We meet him decades earlier when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.”
I am so ready to see Transfiguration badass, Professor Dumbledore.
The sequel will also “move deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
I can’t wait to see where Jo will take us next. Maybe by then I’ll figure out my feelings about Law as Dumbledore.