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.
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.
Dumbledore was portrayed by Richard Harris in the first two Harry Potter movies, and was replaced by Michael Gambon for the rest of the series, following Harris’s passing in 2002.
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