While on the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday, young Dumbledore actor Jude Law revealed some of the work he’s done to prepare for the role of the Hogwarts professor-turned-headmaster.
Entertainment Tonight asked Law about his role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and after a brief moment of hesitation — perhaps to make sure he wouldn’t get himself into spoiler trouble — told the reporter:
“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom. And she was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”
It’s nice to hear that Law will be following the author’s thinking and wishes for Dumbledore as he portrays the iconic character in the next few Fantastic Beasts movies. Hopefully this means he’ll be giving an educated and heartfelt performance. Something, some would argue, Michael Gambon did not do.
The reporter also told Law that everyone was “excited” to see him go “toe-to-toe” with Johnny Depp. After another quick hesitation — perhaps this time considering the backlash that’s been going on in the fandom — he agreed, but added that he can’t say much.
Law was nominated at the Golden Globes for his role in HBO’s The Young Pope, but he did not win.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters November 2018.
Editor’s note: Johnny Depp, who co-stars in this film, allegedly beat his ex-wife Amber Heard. These accusations were made by Heard and Depp’s former associates. J.K. Rowling responded to the controversy. Why are we telling you this?