The legendary wizard Albus Dumbledore will be making his way to the screen again, only younger and played by a different actor.
Variety is reporting that Jude Law is set to play the popular Harry Potter character in the sequel to last fall’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Yates is returning to direct and Eddie Redmayne is back to star, with Johnny Depp set to play villain and (potential) Dumbledore love interest Grindelwald.
Law, a two-time Academy Award nominee, will be the third actor to have portrayed Dumbledore on screen. Richard Harris was the first, playing Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, with Michael Gambon later taking on the role after Harris’ death in 2002.
Set decades prior to the events of the Potter films, Fantastic Beasts 2 will see a younger Dumbledore serving as the transfiguration professor long before he became headmaster at Hogwarts.
“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.”
Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures, echoed Yates’ praise.
“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored,” Emmerich added. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
Law has had a busy 2017, starring in the new HBO series The Young Pope and Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Fantastic Beasts 2 hits theaters on Nov. 16, 2018.