"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."
In my book, this is pitch-perfect casting. Law has proven himself to be a talented, charismatic actor over the years, earning raves as recently as this year for his performance in the HBO series The Young Pope. While I'm less excited about the potential of Depp playing Grindelwald, the dynamic between the two stars should be quite fascinating. I'm still not entirely sold on the idea of a Fantastic Beasts series, but quite frankly, I'm always down for more Harry Potter. As far as I can tell, the main players of the original film will be returning, with Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Zoe Kravitz all set to reprise their roles. While the film will certainly focus on Dumbledore and Grindelwald, I'm sure that Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein will find their way into the action somehow.
According to the press release, director David Yates is aiming for a summer shoot with a release date set for November 16, 2018.
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