Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the signing of Jude Law for the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel. Law is set to play a younger Albus Dumbledore before he becomes the headmaster of Hogwarts.
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.
J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the global hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has also written the screenplay for the second movie. The story moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.
In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored. Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
Director David Yates added, “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.”
Principal photography begins this summer on the new Fantastic Beasts adventure, which will be directed by David Yates, who previously helmed the final four Harry Potter features, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film also reunites producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen are serving as executive producers.
Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film, which is the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts movies, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.