Jude Law set to play Dumbledore in new "Fantastic Beasts" film
From young pope to young wizard.
Our November 2016 cover star Jude Law has signed on to play a young Dumbledore in the upcoming sequel to J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Law will join Eddie Redmayne who will return to star as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts 2, as well as Johnny Depp, who has been tapped to portray the film's villain Grindelwald.
The follow-up film, which is scheduled for release on November 16, 2018, is to be set decades before the original Harry Potter films and books, while Dumbledore is still serving as the transfiguration professor at Hogwarts.
Commenting on Law's addition to the wizarding cast, director David Yates — who is attached again to take the helm — said: "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."