Jude Law to play young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel

Jude Law has been cast as a younger version of the beloved "Harry Potter" wizard for the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

From "The Young Pope" to The Young Dumbledore, Jude Law is on a hot streak. that's especially impressive since he's 44, which you could argue is not that young. It's believed that the follow-up films will see Dumbledore take an increasingly important role as the series transitions from Newt to setting up the titanic duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald that we've only heard about in the Harry Potter stories.

Warner Bros. announced the casting Tuesday. "We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school's Transfiguration professor".

It looks like we have a new Albus Dumbledore! Johnny Depp is also set to be in the film as Gellert Grindlewald, one of the most powerful dark wizards of all time who wound up being defeated by Albus.

JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set in the 1920s and acts as a prequel to the original Harry Potter movies, which were based on her books.

The news of Jude's involvement emerges five months after Yates admitted he was eager to have former Mad Men star Jared Harris - son of acting icon Richard - cast as the young Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts movie.

The star is now about to hit the big screen as the evil wizard king Vortigern in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but can also play nice. Gambon went on to play Dumbledore in the franchise's remaining six movies.

The Oscar-winning actor will star in the sequel, which is set to hit theaters on November 16, 2018, according to The Huffington Post.

  • Kyle Peterson