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Jude Law as Dumbledore? Star Is Cast in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel

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Actor Jude Law of the series 'The Young Pope' speaks onstage during the HBO portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on Jan. 14, 2017, in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 06:26 AM

Jude Law is set to play the young Dumbledore in the sequel of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which is one of the companion books to the "Harry Potter" series.

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

Law’s storyline will occur during Albus Dumbledore's time as transfiguration professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

"He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs," according to a press release about the film.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" books, wrote the screenplay for the first film and has now written the screenplay for the spin-off.

"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," David Yates, the director of the film, said, according to The Guardian. "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."

In 2007, Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was a gay character. However, it’s unclear whether the character’s sexuality will be a focus in the upcoming sequel, despite gay characters having a role in Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" and the "Power Rangers" reboot this year, The Guardian noted.

The first "Fantastic Beasts" movie was a box office success, bringing in over $800 million globally.

Law most recently appeared in Paolo Sorrentino’s small screen drama "The Young Pope," which aired on HBO.

The role of Dumbledore was previously played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.

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