Jude Law to play Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel

Given that the Harry Potter films have made a combined total of £732,203,509,102,100 at the box-office, it's fair to say that there's plenty of interest in who's cast in the sequel to the latest magical adventure from J.K Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

J.K. Rowling, who has said Dumbledore is gay, has previously teased that the five-part prequel franchise of "Fantastic Beasts" will explore a more "troubled" time in Dumbledore's life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released past year and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell.

The role of Dumbledore has been played by Richard Harris, then after his death Michael Gambon.

Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros.

'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.

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It was teased at the end of the first film that Johnny Depp would play Grindelwald, Dumbledore's lover, in the sequel which is being filmed this year.

Law, a two-time Oscar nominee who now stars in the HBO series "The Young Pope", has big shoes to fill.

The Fantastic Beasts sequel takes place when Dumbledore is still the transfiguration professor at Hogwarts, long before he becomes the headmaster or meets Harry Potter.

Law, Depp and Fantastic Beasts actor Colin Farrell all appeared in the 2009 movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

The second of the movies, which is yet to be titled, is due for release in November 2018. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences, the 2016 release became a global blockbuster, earning more than $813 million at the box office.

The second Fantastic Beasts film will be released in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2018.

  • Carlos Nash