We recently learned Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be five movies instead of three, adding Johnny Depp to the cast. The rumor was Depp might be playing Gellert Grindelwald (an evil wizard and forerunner of Voldemort), which Warner seemingly confirmed when they released a video of Ezra Miller talking about Albus Dumbledore defeating Grindelwald in a duel in 1945 (the first Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926). We guessed at the time that these extra Fantastic Beasts movies may be Dumbledore prequels, and now director David Yates has revealed they are casting their young Dumbledore.
At a Fantastic Beasts press junket, Yates told Screen Rant, “In the second movie Dumbledore comes back. He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt [Eddie Redmayne]. We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good. [Laughs]”
When Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts for “endangering human life with a beast,” it was Hogwarts teacher Albus Dumbledore who argued to let him stay, so it makes sense that the two will meet up again.
It’ll be interesting to see how they handle Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald, considering the future Hogwarts Headmaster was secretly in love with Grindelwald when they were younger, before Grindelwald broke bad and killed Dumbledore’s brother. It’s complicated.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them opens this November 18th and its sequel arrives November 16th, 2018.
(Via Screen Rant)