'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2' release date, news: Young Albus Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange to appear

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Director David Yates revealed that casting for the sequel to the recently released film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is currently underway. Viewers will be delighted to find out that the beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore will make an appearance in his younger form.

According to The Mirror, following the portrayal of Michael Gambon in the original “Harry Potter” series, creator J.K. Rowling teased that she has a new actor in mind to play as young Albus.

“I have, of course, thought about this. I do have a name. I do have someone in mind, but I can’t say it. Because if that person doesn’t get cast, then the person who does get cast will blame me forever for having said it, won’t they? So, I’m going to just keep quiet,” she explained.

The author also confirmed that more details about Dumbledore’s friendship with the touted villain Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) will be revealed in the follow-up installment. Fans who know Dumbledore from the books will apparently see the character in a new light as they will unveil the “formative period of his life” when “he was not always the sage.”

Rowling added that they will also show more aspects of his sexuality. It can be recalled that back in 2007, Rowling confirmed that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay. He also fell in love with his then friend Grindelwald.

“That added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was,” she continued.

On a related note, protagonist Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) former love interest Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) will also appear prominently in the upcoming movie. During a recent press junket, Yates described her to be a kind of tragic figure.

“She’s quite complicated and damaged and confused and Newt is absolutely still in love with her, so she has a kind of power over him,” he said.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is intended to be a five-part franchise by Warner Bros. The second installment is scheduled to be released in November 2018.