Everyone’s favorite fake Pope has a new role to play. Jude Law has been cast as one of the most iconic characters in the Harry Potter Universe. Per Pottermore:
Acclaimed actor Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts.
The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.
Dumbledore was referenced in the first film, when it was revealed that Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts because of an accident with a magical creature. It was Dumbledore who argued against his expulsion.
In the latest edition of the Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt says in his foreword that, ‘Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me,’ but to reveal more would breach the Official Magical Secrets Act as well as his former teacher’s confidence.
The stage is set for Dumbledore to make his presence known and returning 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.’
Channeling Dumbledore for his next role should be a no-brainer for Law. The Young Pope miniseries on HBO envisioned a reality where a somewhat young and naive individual is given responsibility for something that has huge implications for the wider world. He’ll do just fine.