Jude Law has just opened up about playing the role of Dumbledore

‘My first port of call I hope is to meet J.K. Rowling'

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‘My first port of call I hope is to meet J.K. Rowling'

It was announced earlier this month that Jude Law will play the role of a young Dumbledore in the second instalment of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, exciting Harry Potter fans across the globe.

Following the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossing over £648 million in the box office, it’s hardly surprising that they’ve already started work on the second film in the five-part series, with this sequel expected to hit the cinemas in November 2018.

The film will see its old cast reunite with JK Rowling writing the script, David Yates returning to direct and of course Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander.

Jude Law will playing a young Dumbledore and it looks like it could be a key film for the character, with J.K. Rowling hinting that Dumbledore could be openly gay in the sequel.

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When asked how he was feeling about his upcoming role, Jude explained that he hadn’t had much time to think about it due to his theatre commitments but said that he was ‘excited by the whole prospect.’

‘All good jobs have an element of fear in them because you want to do well,’ the 44-year-old actor explained to the BBC. ‘You want to please people and you want to please yourself.’

He continued: ‘My first port of call I hope is to meet J.K. Rowling and to talk exactly about that, and find out who he is and who she wants him to be and learn a little bit more about her vision of this great man as a great man.’

The Fantastic Beast cast and crew seem just as excited as Jude with Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures announcing: ‘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.’

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Director David Yates was also quick to congratulate the actor, announcing, ‘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 J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.’

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