Not only is this exciting casting new, but perhaps this is the beginning of a great second era for Law's career, one in which he tackles roles (be it actual characters or just societal archetypes) usually associated with older actors, in the process wowing us all with his portrayal of them as, you know, younger.
It's sort of like that time in the '90s when every cartoon franchise has a spinoff where the characters were either babies or young children (Muppet Babies, Baby Looney Tunes, The Flintstones Kids). Except this time they're beloved near-retirement roles aged down a few decades, and every single one of them is played by Jude Law.
Oh, you don't think there's enough potential here? Listen, if Jude Law wanted to he could pad out the next 10 years of his IMDB page with "Young" roles. Just a sampling of ideas, below:
A HBO series that bravely asks: "What if the Secretary of State was played by Jude Law ... but young?"
Most Secretaries of State are veteran politicians who are crowning off a storied career, but what if there was one that was young? Perhaps, in a timely twist, a young alt-right Secretary of State who tries to overturn decades of American diplomatic doctrine in defiance of the Foggy Bottom career employees. Also, maybe he seduces the first lady of Indonesia or something. He's young. He has needs. It happens. The Emmys are basically waiting for this.
Co-starring Diane Keaton as Hillary Clinton, who coordinates the resistance with the Deep State.
A Freeform series that bravely asks, "What if Santa Clause was played by Jude Law ... but young?"
Santa is always portrayed as an old man, but Santa himself had to have been young at some point. Which suggests that Santa spent his youth doing something other than bringing toys to all the boys and girls in the world. Perhaps something so dark that he wound up devoting the rest of his entire life bringing joy to the world in an attempt at karmic compensation.
Co-starring Diane Keaton as the Elf that finally sits Santa down and tells him it's time to get clean.
A FX series that bravely asks, "What if Mr. Magoo was played by Jude Law ... but young?"
Not all of Law's portrayals of "young" characters should come in the form of gritty, unflinching dramas. Some of them can be fun and light-hearted. But, listen, his take on Magoo absolutely has to dark. Not only does the character's creation have an odd backstory (his creators were ex-communists who originally envisioned him as a parody of Senator Joseph McCarthy), but the character himself has had to have had an odd coming-of-age. Why isn't he married? Why doesn't he even have friends? What did he do to amass the fortune he uses to adventure around the world? What was with the unexplained late-in-life drive to become an actor? What kind of regret and pain is in this man's past? Perhaps we learn that it took the loss of his eyesight for him to truly see the world for what it is.
Co-starring Diane Keaton as Mr. Magoo's mother who can see, but can not truly feel.
The Young Man and the Sea
A PBS series that bravely asks, "What if the central character of the Ernest Hemingway classic was played by Jude Law ...but young?"
You may think aging is a central, irrepressible theme in The Old Man and the Sea. "Old" is the first word in the title after all, and Hemingway never includes a word unless it truly means something, right? But, just hear us out here, what if it was a young man in that boat trying to catch a marlin? Why can't it just be Jude Law in a pair of jorts out for a day of fishing with a cooler fool of cold brewskis? Isn't part of the point of the book that the old man used to be able to ree in giant marlins, no problem? Sounds like a necessary prequel to us.
Co-starring Diane Keaton as the voice of the now-talking marlin.
The Young Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
An Amazon Original movie that bravely asks, "What if an Exotic Marigold Hotelier was played by Jude Law ... but young?"
Some might think that the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cinematic universe has run its course after two movies, but what if Jude Law moved in for a third movie?
Co-starring Diane Keaton as Judi Dench.
An AMC series that bravely asks, "What if Wilford Brimley was played by Jude Law ... but young?"
Actor Wilford Brimley's big breakthrough came in 1985's Cocoon, where he was already playing an inhabitant of a retirement home. Since then he's become one of America's favorite old guys, whether in movies or in his many memorable commercials, but biological science tells us that he had to be young at some point. What was going on then? Is there a story there? We don't know, but Jude Law is the only actor we would ever trust enough to find out.
Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)
Jude Law has been tapped to play young Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel.
David Yates is returning to direct and Eddie Redmayne will be back to star alongside Johnny Depp, who will play the villain Grindelwald.
Albus Dumbledore is one of the most iconic characters in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Richard Harris made the role famous in the first two “Harry Potter” pics. Michael Gambon later took over the part after Harris’ death in 2002.
The two-time Academy Award nominee will portray Dumbledore long before the wizard became the headmaster at Hogwarts and Potter’s mentor. Set decades before the original “Harry Potter” films and books, Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s transfiguration professor in “Fantastic Beasts 2.”
The studio had been considering every major British actor in the biz — from Christian Bale to Benedict Cumberbatch to Mark Strong to Harris’ son, “Mad Men” alum and “The Crown” actor Jared Harris — for the role.
Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” has also written the script for the second installment, which is set in an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and company have to decide on their allegiances.
“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,” Yates said. “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.”
Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures, echoed his sentiment.
“As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ cast, playing a character so universally adored,” Emmerich added. “Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros. family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”
Law will next be seen in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” and currently stars in the HBO series “The Young Pope.”
The first movie in the planned five-part “Fantastic Beasts” series grossed more than $813 million at the box office.
The sequel, which begins production this summer, also reunites producers Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen are serving as executive producers.
“Fantastic Beasts 2” hits theaters on Nov. 16, 2018.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ Has a New Dumbledore: Jude Law
The British actor Jude Law, whose recent screen incarnations include playing a fifth-century warlord (the forthcoming “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”) and the pope (in HBO’s “The Young Pope”), can now add wizardry to his oeuvre: He’ll play a young Albus Dumbledore in the next installment of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” J.K. Rowling’s prequel series to the Harry Potter tales.
Played in the Harry Potter films by Richard Harris and then, after Mr. Harris’ death, Michael Gambon, Dumbledore is the beloved headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. In the next “Fantastic Beasts,” Mr. Law’s Dumbledore will be the school’s professor of transfiguration.
Released last November, the first “Fantastic Beasts” starred Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston, and was a lucrative hit for Warner Bros., drawing $234 million domestically at the box office. It was Ms. Rowling’s first screenplay, and she has also written the second.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films as well as the first “Fantastic Beasts,” will return as director. The film is scheduled for a November 2018 release.