Eddie Redmayne Is Part of the ‘Harry Potter’ Family Now
There’s a new wizard amongst us Muggles.
The flick is set to take place 70 years before what transpired in the Harry Potter films, according to Deadline.
“Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures, said in a statement released Monday.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter movies in the popular film franchise, with Rowling making her screenwriting debut.
Aside from Rowling, producers for the fantasy flick also includes David Heyman, producer of all eight of the previous Harry Potter features; Steve Kloves, who wrote all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as executive producer on the last four installments of movie saga. (Meaning: You should be very safe hands, fans.)
The book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based off of a fictional Hogwarts textbook from the Harry Potter series. Rowling expanded it to an actual book in 2001 to benefit the charity Comic Relief.
The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due out November 18, 2016.