The "passionate, mischievous" young Dumbledore looks good so far.
Jude Law is stepping into the iconic Harry Potter role in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," the second of five planned films in Newt Scamander's (Eddie Redmayne) "Fantastic Beasts" series.
A full cast photo was previously released -- that's it above -- including Jude Law as young(er) Professor Albus Dumbledore, along with Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
USA Today recently shared two new photos, not of the old friends-turned-rivals together, but of both gents with their respective allies.
Here's Grindelwald with one of his followers, Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech):
And here's Dumbledore, apparently at Hogwarts:
As director David Yates explained to USA Today, this second film shows Dumbledore as a rebel professor who "refuses to conform to the status quo" and is "passionate, mischievous and an inspiration" to his young students: "Dumbledore sees Newt as a kindred spirit, an outsider, who is misunderstood. They recognize each other's strengths and vulnerabilities."
Newt and Albus will have to work together to face Grindelwald, "a charismatic figure who uses his undeniable appeal to inspire others to blindly follow his cause." Yates further explained that his plan involves "suppressing all non-magical beings, whom he views as inferior to wizards."
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" -- costarring Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Claudia Kim, and Callum Turner -- opens November 16, 2018.
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In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world. Read More