End the speculation: Eddie Redmayne, adorable freckled angel and Oscar winner, has been officially confirmed to play Newt Scamander in the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ (he was reportedly in talks for the lead role a few weeks ago).
BREAKING: Warner Bros. CONFIRMS that Oscar winner EDDIE REDMAYNE will play NEWT SCAMANDER in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 2, 2015
Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its young author, Newt Scamander, a “magiczoologist” who studies magical creatures.
J.K. Rowling took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment on the recent casting:
Thrilled that Eddie Redmayne will be starring in Fantastic Beasts. He'll be a perfect Newt Scamander!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 3, 2015
Rowling will be making her screenwriting debut on the film, which is extremely promising.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world,” she explained.
Coming back on board from the Harry Potter cinematic family is director David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films; producer David Heyman, who produced of all eight of the blockbuster features; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise.
The studio is currently looking to cast the remaining roles – two American girls and two American boys.
As is becoming standard for all book-to-film adaptations, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is being split in a trilogy, with the first installment set for release next year.
The film is scheduled to hit cinemas November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX.
Harry Potter fans, what do you think? Are you excited?