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.
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
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
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
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
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!