The world of “Harry Potter” has found its latest fantastic beast: Jude Law, who’s set to play young Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel. The character was first portrayed onscreen by Richard Harris in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”; after Harris’ death, he was replaced by Michael Gambon in the remaining five movies.
David Yates will return to the direct the as-yet untitled sequel. In a statement, he called Law “a phenomenally talented actor whose work I have 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.”
A total of five “Fantastic Beasts” movies are planned, because three ain’t enough, man. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with last year’s inaugural entry in the prequel/spinoff series, will return for the sequel; so will Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and most other members of the cast.