David Tates’ upcoming new installment to the “Harry Potter” franchise just landed an Oscar-winning leading man. Warner Bros. confirmed today that Eddie Redmayne has been cast as the famous Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The confirmation was officially announced by Greg Silverman of Warner Bros. Studios. As we reported earlier David Yates is set to direct the film, he will be working off a script by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
The story of “Fantastic Beasts” was written by J.K. Rowling, the story fits within the wizarding world of Harry Potter. In the story Scamander is a leading magiczoologist, he travels about the world in search of magical creatures and catalogs all of them. This collection of facts and details would be published as an official Hogwarts School textbook called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“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,’” said Silverman earlier today.
“Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling‘s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way,” added Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.
This will be the first film that has Rowling as a screenwriter. David Heyman will once again be producing the film, as well as J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves.
Fans may know Redmayne best for his most recent role as Stephen Hawking in the film “The Theory of Everything.” The role won him an Academy Award.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.