Fantastic Beasts 2 has found its Dumbledore

Jennifer Read-Dominguez
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From Digital Spy

Everyone knows that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel will introduce the young Dumbledore as Newt Scamander's (Eddie Redmayne) adventures continue.

Speaking to Screenrant, director David Yates previously said: "In the second movie, Dumbledore comes back. He's got a couple of good scenes with Newt…

"We're discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good."

But now, JK Rowling and co have found their young Dumbledore – with Jude Law CONFIRMED to be taking on the role of the Hogwarts headmaster in his early years.

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In a statement, President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros Pictures, Toby Emmerich, said: "As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored.

"Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros family for years and we're excited to embark on this new adventure with him."

Director David Yates added: "Jude Law is 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 JK Rowling reveals this very different time in his life."

Jude Law will star alongside Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard responsible for Europe's magic war.

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The four upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequels are rumoured to explore the falling-out between the two great wizards, with an updated version of the original book recently teasing the connection between them.

"It is true that I was the first person ever to capture Gellert Grindelwald and also true that Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me," Newt teases in the book.

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JK Rowling has penned the sequel, and recently tweeted a snippet of the script – which, unsurprisingly, revealed absolutely nothing about what to expect.

At a recent fan Q&A, Yates dropped some serious hints about the road ahead: "We next see Newt in another big capital city. It's not going to be New York. It's somewhere else entirely!

"[JK] has actually written the script and it's just as magical and just as marvellous as the first one - but very different. Which is so exciting for all of us!"

Fantastic Beasts 2 will be released on November 16, 2018.

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