Jude Law will be stepping into the Fantastic Beasts universe to take on one of J.K. Rowling‘s most iconic characters, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore. Taking place well before the events of the Harry Potter books, Law‘s Dumbledore will serve as a transfiguration professor.
“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,” director David 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.”
Jude Law will be the third actor to play the iconic role of Hogwarts Headmaster. Richard Harris‘ kicked off the groundbreaking role in the first two Harry Potter films, the role was then taken up by Michael Gambon after Harris’ passing in 2002.
Last year, fans lobbied for Richard Harris’ son Jared Harris (Mad Men, Fringe) to follow in the footsteps of his father, however, the actor admitted that he had never received a call.
“They’re obviously thinking about it. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t expect to. It’s not up to me. Having seen [fan campaigns] before I find that [film bosses] don’t like to have their hands forced. These campaigns almost always go in a different direction.” said Harris in an interview with Standard.
Jude Law will be joining Eddie Redmayne as he steps back into the role of Newt Scamander, and Johnny Depp as he takes on the role of franchise villain Grindelwald.
Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram will produce the film, which is set to hit theatres Nov. 16, 2018.