Two-time Academy award nominee and all-out hottie Jude Law is joining the Harry Potter family! Law has been cast as the young Professor Albus Dumbledore, who eventually becomes the beloved headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Variety and Pottermore, the official web portal and resource for all things Harry Potter, reported that Law will be playing a much younger Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, decades before he becomes headmaster.
According to Variety, Law beat out every major British actor from Christian Bale to Benedict Cumberbatch. Director David Yates said:
“Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work 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.”
Dumbledore is one of the books’ most iconic characters and was played by two veterans in the original Harry Potter movie franchise: the late, great Richard Harris and Michael Gambon after Harris’s death.
At this point in the timeline, Dumbledore is still the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and contemporary of the villainous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, whom we’ve seen in Fantastic Beasts played by Johnny Depp.
What makes this interesting also is the fact that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling recently revealed that Dumbledore is, in fact, gay and was once in love with Grindelwald. In the books, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were co-conspirators in their youth.
Just a quick reminder – Dumbledore was mentioned in Fantastic Beasts as being a champion of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt was expelled for an incident involving a magical creature and Dumbledore argued against his expulsion.
Law will next be seen with Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and is currently in the offbeat HBO series, The Young Pope.
What do you think, Potterheads? Can Law do Dumbledore justice?