Jude Law to Play a Young Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

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Fantastic Beasts
has found its Dumbledore!

Jude Law will play a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, Warner Bros. announced via press release on Wednesday.

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The film will take fans back to the world of Hogwarts, where Dumbledore, a contemporary of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is serving as the school's Transfiguration professor.

Law is the third actor to take on the role of Dumbledore. Richard Harris played the Hogwarts Headmaster and Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) mentor in the first two Harry Potter films, before Michael Gambon took over after his death.

J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with the first Fantastic Beasts film, has also written the screenplay for the second movie, which is set to explore an "increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances."

Also returning for the sequel, which begins filming this summer, is director David Yates, who helmed the first Fantastic Beasts, as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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“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 in a statement. "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.”

The Fantastic Beasts sequelis set to hit theaters on Nov. 16, 2018.

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