Jude Law has discussed claims that Albus Dumbledore will not be “explicitly” gay in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Earlier this year, the film’s director David Yates faced criticism after revealing that the character’s sexuality would not be explored in the sequel. Author J.K Rowling had previously stated that Dumbledore is homosexual and had been romantically involved with wizarding rival Gellert Grindelwald.
Now, Law – who portrays a younger Dumbledore in the upcoming film – has been asked about the uproar surrounding Yates’ comments. The actor told Entertainment Weekly that “your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you” and said the character is “multifaceted”.
However, Law did suggest that this aspect of Dumbledore’s character could be explored further as the series continues. “What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time,” he said.
Law added that there is “a lot more to come” in terms of Dumbledore’s backstory.
“We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”
Stating that the sequel is “only Part 2 of a longer story”, Law also revealed that he hasn’t yet met Johnny Depp – who portrays Gellert Grindelwald. “In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other,” he said. “So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.”
Earlier this year, the film was surrounded by controversy when Johnny Depp was cast in the titular role. Some fans were threatening to boycott the movie entirely. Depp was previously accused of assaulting his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
With Fantastic Beasts 2 set for release in November, J.K. Rowling recently announced she is already writing the screenplay for the third movie.