Even before “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opened, it was confirmed that both Dumbledore and the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald will feature as more significant characters in the sequel and subsequent films.
Johnny Depp’s casting as Grindlewald was announced pre-release, but the casting of a younger Dumbledore has yet to be announced with only ‘several poeple in mind’ according to the producers. Due to the storyline we expect the actor to be close to Depp’s age and so in their late forties or fifties.
One actor fans have been lobbying for is Jared Harris, the veteran “Mad Men” and “Fringe” thesp who pops up in numerous films from “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” to “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” to “Certain Women” to this week’s “Allied”.
Harris of course has a key connection to the Potter franchise – his late father Richard Harris played Dumbledore in the first two “Harry Potter” films so this, you could say, is his birthright.
Speaking with The Standard in the U.K., Harris opened up about the possibility and suggests Warner Bros. is seriously considering him for the role and fans shouldn’t lobby too hard as these things can backfire:
“They’re obviously thinking about it. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t expect to. It’s not up to me. Having seen [fan campaigns] before I find that [film bosses] don’t like to have their hands forced. These campaigns almost always go in a different direction.”
The film is currently targeting a July production start next year ahead of a late 2018 release.