Nerd-Casting News: Jude Law is Dumbledore & Josh Brolin is Cable


The casting news is flowing like a keg of the world’s finest butter beer as today we learned that not only would Josh Brolin pick up the mantel of X-Men’s, Cable, but that Jude Law is to fill that hat of one Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts series. This is interesting news on a lot of levels given that both roles have been widely speculated upon for quite some time.

As for Law getting his go at the Elder Wand, I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, I think that this is some of the best nerd-casting in quite a while. Jude Law’s punchy wit coupled with his ability to be gravely serious should make him the perfect Dumbledore. Law’s most current role is in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie, but before that, it had been a while since we’d seen Law in anything worthy of note. In fact, his last notable role goes back to 2014’s, The Grand Budapest Hotel, with a bunch of menial stuff in-between now and then. Stepping into the robes of Dumbledore for 4 or 5 more films should certainly give him a bit more career longevity while it’ll be super fun seeing him face off against Johnny Depp’s, Gellert Grindelwald, who we last saw at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film.

As for Brolin stepping into the role of Cable, I’m a little less excited about that. Brolin’s already got top billing in the next two installments of the MCU’s Avengers franchise as the big purple baddy, Thanos. As of yet, Brolin’s role in the MCU has been minimal, but far reaching, and I couldn’t be more excited to see how it plays out. Having him slip on Cable’s holsters could be great as he is a really good actor, however, I was one of the people heavy into the Ron Pearlman camp for Cable. Admittedly it had become clear early on that he wasn’t their pick, but when star Ryan Reynolds and Wolverine star, Hugh Jackman, were teasing Peirce Brosnan for the role. I saw some potential there, however, that rumor quickly gave way towards rumors of Brad Pitt, whom I also adore, but I don’t think he’d fit in real well as Cable. Ultimately Brolin should pull it off nicely and it’s one more thing to help people forget about his Jonah Hex fiasco…

All in all, what do you think of today’s casting news? Is Jude Law right for Dumbledore? Will Josh Brolin be able to keep Deadpool in check? As always, let us know in the comments section below!

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