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It was revealed by Warner Bros. Pictures today through a Variety exclusive that Jude Law will be taking on the role of a young Albus Dumbledore for their Fantastic Beasts movie franchise.

Law will be joining Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Jude Law will be portraying Albus way before he gets anywhere near to being a headmaster for Hogwarts. He will be engaging as the Transfiguration professor. Given the background that has been revealed by J.K. Rowling, we know that Albus and Grindelwald are estranged at this point in the Harry Potter timeline. Other than that, not sure where the story will go until we hit 1945.

The role for Albus Dumbledore was a competitive one. Nearly every British actor known to mankind (not really) auditioned for the role. i was personally gunning for Jared Harris, but I will accept Jude Law purely to continue my former teenager self’s love for shipping Jude Law and Johnny Depp together. I’m joking.

David Yates, who is returning to direct the Fantastic Beasts sequel, spoke about the casting decision:

“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.”

via Variety

The sequel begins production this summer, so we may hear more about casting news prior to the start of filming. Until then, what do you think of this casting decision? Do you like it? Dislike it?

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she’s not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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