Who Could Even Play a Young Dumbledore?

Dumbledore is coming to the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel and the director says they're taking suggestions on casting.

Who Could Even Play a Young Dumbledore?
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While we eagerly await the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we're already getting news from its planned sequel. Less than a week after it was announced Johnny Depp will be in the second Fantastic Beasts movie, we've now learned that a young Albus Dumbledore will also be a part of the film!

From ScreenRant: "In the second movie Dumbledore comes back," director David Yates revealed during a roundtable interview with press. "He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt [Scamander]… We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good. [Laughs]"

Suggestions, eh? Well Dumbledore leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, but we've got a few ideas for actors who might be able to play a young version of the future Hogwarts Headmaster.

1. Hugh Dancy

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Pros: We know from Hannibal that he brings an uncanny depth to his work. It's like he could be thinking anything behind those eyes.

Cons: He doesn't have much name recognition outside Hannibal fans.

2. Luke Evans

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Pros: He's got gravitas, likability, and oh-so-expressive eyes.

Cons: He might be too good looking? And maybe just a little too slick and put-together for a wizard whose dapper style is often mixed with a practiced disheveled quality.

3. Richard Armitage

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Pros: We already know he looks awesome with a beard. And he's capable of delivering weighty dialogue without batting an eye.

Cons: Those angular features might be a little too hard for Dumbledore, who always had a soft quality to him.

4. Michael Fassbender

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Pros: He can be mysterious, friendly, and intense all at the same time. Also, it would be funny if the two actors who played Magneto were both famous wizards.

Cons: He might badmouth the movie if he's not impressed.

Regardless of who plays him, Dumbledore will be a tough role to cast. A lot of fans have some very specific ideas about the character, and a younger actor will be in a position to redefine (or at least recontextualize) some of those.

If you have any ideas about who should play Dumbledore, let us know in the comments!

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