This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Please be warned if you’ve not yet seen the movie.
As you know, it’s been confirmed that Johnny Depp will play Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. He was revealed near the end of the movie. More on that in a minute. The task now is to cast a young(er) Dumbledore. You’ll recall, my recommendation was Tom Hardy. That said, according to David Yates and David Heyman, the director and producer, Tom Hardy might be too young. I’m not sure I agree, because Tom Hardy, at 39 years old, is basically the same age as Colin Farrell who is 40…if you know what I mean.
But the Davids told Vulture when they suggested Damian Lewis, 45, that he’s too young. When Hugh Laurie came up, 57 years old, they said it’s “not a bad idea”. Ciaran Hinds, who is 63, and played Aberforth Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series, was deemed too old.
By that criteria then, if it can’t be Tom Hardy, and if we’re looking for someone between 50 and 60 to match up to Johnny Depp at 53 years old (let’s always remind Johnny Depp how old he is, OK?), then I think I have the perfect candidate. The candidate you won’t be able to argue with.
Daniel Day-Lewis to play the most powerful wizard, the eventual Head of Hogwarts. COME ON! I nailed it!
Here’s how David Heyman explained what they’re looking for in Dumbledore:
“I don’t necessarily want him to look like Michael Gambon or Richard Harris. The two of them didn’t really look that much alike, but you want to capture the twinkle. You want to capture the wisdom, and the experience. But you also want to capture the mischief. Also, the man has demons. He’s not the same person we might imagine him to be. There are a lot of other sides to him. What we want is to find someone who is a great actor, who will be a worthy adversary. Do you have some possibilities for me?”
DDL has the twinkle. DDL for sure has the wisdom and experience. And DDL TOTALLY has the mischief! He is all about the mischief! As for demons? Please. Have you ever watched a Daniel Day-Lewis performance? DDL creates demons that don’t even know they’re demons yet. Who does demons better than DDL? Who can bring “a lot of other sides” better than DDL?
Who would be a better adversary for Johnny Depp than Daniel Day-f-cking-Lewis!!!?!?!
Now give the man a wand!
Attached – DDL and Rebecca, his love and mine, out in New York this weekend.