According to Toby Emmerich, President and CCO of Warner Bros. Pictures, the 44-year-old actor will play a young Dumbledore.
His storyline, according to the press release announcing Law’s casting, will follow Dumbledore while he is “still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor.”
“He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs,” the release states.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the first “Fantastic Beasts,” has also written the screenplay for the second installment ― so Dumbledore’s fleshed-out history is sure to be true to the Potter canon.
Law recently gained attention for his role in the highly talked about HBO show “The Young Pope.” Young Pope, young Dumbledore: It all makes so much sense.
”Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates believes Law’s performance “will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”
The sequel will also star Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp, and is expected to hit theaters on Nov. 16, 2018. It will be the second of five planned “Fantastic Beasts” movies.