Professor Albus Dumbledore will appear in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.
A younger version of the late Hogwarts headmaster – who was originally portrayed in the Harry Potter series by the late Richard Harris, before Sir Michael Gambon took over following the actor’s death from cancer – is currently being sought for the second film in the series, which is set in 1920s New York City.
Director David Yates, who also confirmed Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander will feature in the next movie, admitted he is seeking “suggestions” for the role.
He said: “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.”
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.” It has been speculated 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. And with Johnny Depp recently announced as appearing in the movie – and making a cameo in the first film – it is expected he will be taking on the role of Grindelwald.
Meanwhile, Eddie recently admitted J.K. Rowling’s announcement there will be five films in the saga came as a shock to the cast.
He said: “She always had a specific story she wanted to tell, which goes much further beyond just Newt and his case. But we didn’t realize it was going to be five films.”