Dumbledore has been played by a lot of people. Well, OK, he’s been played by two people. But the role may well become the James Bond of our time, as it keeps on getting passed around to different actors.
First it went to the late, great Richard Harris. Then (after Sir Ian McKellen turned it down) it went to Michael Gambon. And now as the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel starts shuffling into production, the role of young Dumbledore has fallen to a young pope.
Yes, Jude Law will don the robes, wand and various wizardly haberdashery in the Fantastic Beasts and Where Else to Find Them (not its real title) (yet), which will evidently find a young Albus Dumbledore serving as but a lowly Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts. The casting is a bit of a surprise, after Jared Harris — son of the original Dumbledore, most famous for his role as nebbish British ad titan Lane Pryce on Mad Men — was widely considered a shoe-in for the role. But hey, Jude Law’s mid-career arc as stately men of gravitas like the Young Pope and an upcoming turn as King Vortigern in Guy Richie’s King Arthur continues apace. What do you think?