2018 is returning to the world of wizards, and what wizarding world is complete without Albus Dumbledore?
Warner Bros. announced earlier this week that they have cast Albus Dumbledore for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. That role is going to English actor Jude Law, who surprisingly has not been previously featured in the Harry Potter universe.
A prequel to the critically-acclaimed Harry Potter film series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them showcases the events leading up to Voldemort’s rise to power and the death of Harry’s parents. The second entry in a five parts series, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts is being scripted by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and also stars Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Johnny Depp.
Law’s casting as Dumbledore is exciting for numerous reasons. First of all, he physically looks the part. Bearing similar characteristics to his elder counterparts Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, Law naturally has a warm, inviting face, but can also be fierce and imposing if intimidated. As seen in previous roles, Law has a wide range in acting ability, and can adequately embody all of the emotions that Dumbledore characterizes.
Beyond that, just look at Law’s career. From Vasily Zaytsev in Enemy at the Gates to Giggolo Joe in A.I. Artificial Intelligence to John Watson in Sherlock Holmes, Law has demonstrated that he can take on a challenging role thrown at him and make it his own. I have no doubt he’ll do just that as Albus Dumbledore just like any other role he tackles, and that makes me even more excited for the future of Fantastic Beasts.
What do you guys think? Are you enchanted by Law’s casting, or do you want to perform expelliarmus on Law’s contract? Comment below, let me know.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: MovieWeb.com, Cinemablend