The popular character Professor Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series will appear in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. A younger version of the late Hogwarts headmaster, who was originally portrayed in the Harry Potter series by the late actor Richard Harris, before actor Michael Gambon took over following Harris’s death from cancer, is currently being sought for the second film in the series. The movie is set in 1920s’ New York, reports eonline.com.
Director David Yates, who also confirmed actor Eddie Redmayne’s role as magizoologist Newt Scamander in the next movie, said that he is seeking “suggestions” for the role. “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,” Yates told screenrant.com.
The details of the second in the planned five-part series, which is scheduled for release in 2018, have not been released, but it is known that it “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world”. The teaser refers to the rise to power of Gallert Grindelwald, a childhood friend of Dumbledore before he became a powerful dark wizard in his later years. With actor Johnny Depp joining the sequel and making a cameo in the first film, it is expected that he will be taking on the role of Grindelwald.
Talking about Johnny Depp’s role, David Yates in an interview to The Leaky Cauldron said, “Johnny Depp is a real artist. He’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor. We were excited about seeing what he would do with this guy, the character. He’s fearless; he’s imaginative; he’s ambitious. We thought he would do something fun and special. So we went for him, purely on that selfish basis. We don’t care if he’s famous or not famous. We just know he’s interesting.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them invites us back to the wizarding world on November 18.