And the next Dumbledore is … Jude Law?
The Oscar-nominated actor, who recently made a splash on HBO’s The Young Pope, will take on the iconic rule from the Harry Potter universe when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 hits theaters in November 2018.
The search for Dumbledore has been a long one for David Yates, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the word was Warner Bros. wanted some star power there — especially with Johnny Depp taking on the role of the Big Bad, the Voldemort predecessor Gellert Grindelwald.
It also will almost certainly mean that Law and Depp will share screen time — and some intimate time at that.
Dumbledore and Grindelwald were friends when they were teens, but grew apart after Dumbledore suffered a devastating family loss. Grindelwald then grew into one of the most powerful dark wizards in history.
In fact, Dumbledore was more than friends with Grindelwald — he fell in love with him, according to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. While Dumbledore — as played by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films — was calm and confident, the Dumbledore that Law plays will be much less certain, and a little broken.
This isn’t the first time Law and Depp have been in films together, but it’s been a while. The most recent taking place in 2011 for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. They also appeared in 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the 2012 documentary Radioman.
Law was nominated for Oscars in 2000 for The Talented Mr. Ripley, and in 2004 for Cold Mountain. He’s expected to return as Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes film franchise with Robert Downey Jr., and is readying a May 12 debut as Vortigern in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — which starred Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol — earned $803.8 million globally in 2016. That’s down from the $965.9 million average take of the past Harry Potter films between 2001 and 2011, not adjusted for inflation.
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