Eddie Redmayne Lands Lead In Harry Potter Spin-Off “Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them”?

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Eddie Redmayne to star in Fantastic Beasts as Newt?

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything, may be moving towards a magical new role in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.

Redmayne has been rumored to be considered to play the role of Newt Scamander, with Variety reporting the part has now been offered to the British actor.


Sources reveal the 33-year-old actor, who was very interested in the role, was waiting for a finished script from JK Rowling before he signed on for the project.

Variety report that Eddie has been offered the lead role of Newt Scamander for at least the first installment in a planned trilogy of films, after giving the script for director David Yates’ feature his seal of approval.

Eddie recently wrapped up filming of his movie, The Danish Girl, and should begin filming the Potter spin-off in 2015.

JK Rowling is making her screenwriting debut on the trilogy of films, stating last month that the script was her top priority, meaning there’s little chance of a new Harry Potter book.

She stated, “I’m afraid I haven’t been writing the next Harry Potter. I have always said never say … well, not never say never. I’ve always said I’m not going to say I definitely won’t because, because I don’t see why I should say that. You know, it’s my world and I might choose to step back into it. And in a way, I am stepping back into it”.

She continued, “I’m stepping back into that world, writing the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. So, you know, that door is always opened to me. But I think Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen”.

J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them is set 70 years before Harry, Hermione and Ron arrived at Hogwarts and will focus on ‘magizooologist’ Newt Scamander, an expert in magical creatures.

Rowling joked in her Wonderland interview last year with Emma Watson that she’d love the Harry Potter cast to cameo in the film, telling Watson, “I really want you, Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] in really heavy make-up in the background of a scene in Fantastic Beasts, and I’ll join you. We’ll sit in a bar room having a laugh for an afternoon, and then we can see if anyone can spot us. I personally would like to be in drag, just to make sure no-one can spot me at all!”

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