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Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beats’ Sequel

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Jude Law will play a younger version of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the second installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off franchise, Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them, according to Variety.

David Yates is returning to direct and Eddie Redmayne will be back to star alongside Johnny Depp, who will play the villain Grindelwald.

“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 expected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

Warner Bros. had reportedly considered a number of major British actors for the role, including Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros, said the studio was “thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beats’ cast, playing a character so universally adored.”

Richard Harris played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films and Michael Gambon took over the role after Harris’ death in 2002.

Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, also wrote the script for the first sequel in the planned five-part series.

Back in 2007, Rowling revealed that she always envisioned Dumbledore as gay, and last year, while promoting the first film, she hinted that the professor could be open with his sexuality at some point in the franchise.

“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man,” Rowling said at a press conference. “We’ll see him at that formative period in his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”

Law can be seen in the upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and currently stars in the HBO series The Young Pope.

Fantastic Beats 2 begins shooting this summer and is scheduled to hit theaters on November 16, 2018.

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