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Jude Law cast as young Dumbledore in next Fantastic Beasts film

Posted April 13

In November, Warner Bros. revamped the world of Harry Potter with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which was set in 1920s New York. The film revealed Johnny Depp cast as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who predated Voldemort in his quest to make wizards rule the world.

Today, Warner Bros. announced that in the next Fantastic Beasts film, Jude Law has been cast as a young Albus Dumbledore, once a best friend but now an enemy to the evil Grindelwald.

According to a news release, the upcoming film will portray Dumbledore as the Transfiguration professor he was in the decades before he became the headmaster of Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for this film, as she did for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The 2016 movie earned more than $813 million globally, according to the news release.

“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored," said Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., in the news release. "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 also said in the news release that he has "long admired" Law and is looking forward to working 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,” Yates said.

Filming begins this summer and the movie is set to release Nov. 16, 2018. It will be the second of five planned films in the Fantastic Beasts series.

Email: mbulsiewicz@deseretnews.com

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