Logan - Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

After finishing his run as Wolverine with Logan in March, I can’t imagine that Hugh Jackman would be interested in taking on another franchise role that would tie up his life for the better part of the next 10 years. But if there’s one blockbuster star who would be perfect for the role, it’s Jackman. Albus Dumbledore may not be ripped, but it’s not as if we’d ever see Jackman going shirtless or showing off his guns in a sleeveless wizard robe. Despite Jackman’s physique, he’s played plenty of characters who aren’t meant to be physically threatening, and we know he looks good with a beard.

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

After roles in Hannibal and Powers showed how great Eddie Izzard can be in genre material, I’ve wanted to see him make the jump to a blockbuster movie. I think he has the subtle acting chops to pull off the kind of performance that would be required to play Albus Dumbledore. Izzard has shown his talent for comedy in his stand-up career and also his dramatic chops in some surprising performances, and as a transvestite, he surely knows what it would be like to feel like an outcast, which could be key to Dumbledore’s younger years.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

This is the only American actor on here, and if you’ve seen his work in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you know why we think he’d make a great Albus Dumbledore. As Aragorn, Mortensen brought the stoic presumed king to life masterfully, showing both a caring and stern side, qualities that describe Albus Dumbledore rather well. His scenes with Frodo remind me of those that Michael Gambon shared with Harry Potter, making him a smart pick for the role.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

Between his romantic turn in movies like Love Actually, dry, subtle work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and his badass side in Kingsman: The Secret Service, it’s clear that Colin Firth has some impressive range to more than adequately play Albus Dumbledore. Plus, it wouldn’t be so bad if Albus Dumbledore was a dreamy wizard, even if that’s clearly not Dumbledore’s style.

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw

Here’s our outlier from the age range we set out to hit. At just 36 years old, Ben Whishaw is nearly 20 years younger than Johnny Depp. But after seeing him in movies like Cloud Atlas and Skyfall, as well as his various lesser known non-blockbuster roles, he just feels like he has the perfect temperament and presence to play Dumbledore perfectly. Honestly, despite the age difference, I think Whishaw would work well opposite Johnny Depp. Not only could he age up with makeup, but Depp looks young for his age, so it might not make that much of a difference. Oh, and not that it truly matters in the world of acting, but Ben Whishaw identifies as gay, so he brings that to inform his portrayal of Dumbledore as well.

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So those are our picks for Albus Dumbledore. If you feel like you have some other suggestions, sound off below. Other lists have pegged bigger names like Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis and Jude Law, but none of those really felt right to me. Albus Dumbledore won’t be an easy character to bring to life again after fans spent eight movies with the character, but here’s hoping that whoever director David Yates, producer David Heyman and writer J.K. Rowling pick does the role justice.

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