Eddie Redmayne is an Oscar winner, a Tony Award winner and a Screen Actors Guild Award winner, amongst other accolades. The British actor has been highly lauded for his recent role as Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, a movie for which he won Best Actor. With the success of the movie propelling his name into the spotlight, the actor is currently in high demand. Now Warner Bros. Pictures, which released the entire Harry Potter collection on film from 2001 to 2011, is looking at Redmayne to possibly star in the spinoff of the popular series.
For Harry Potter fans the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is set in the world of the original series, but it is neither a sequel nor a prequel. Instead, this film will be set approximately seventy years prior to the events in the other books or movies. Plus, Fantastic Beasts will take place in the United States, specifically New York. In fact, J.K. Rowling has described the new stories as more of an extension of the world of wizardry. Fantastic Beasts is based on the textbook from the original series, with the same name.
The spinoff of the ever popular Harry Potter series would star Redmayne as Newt Scamander. He is the author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook and the films will follow his adventures as a magiczoologist. In the world of Harry Potter, this would be an individual who studies the many magical creatures of the world. Scamander catalogs his findings and adventures for his textbook, and this is in part what the story is centered around.
Fantastic Beasts would also have two American boys and two American girls in main roles of the film, starring alongside who ever ends up in the role of Scamander. None of the roles for the Americans have been cast at this time, although the studio has said that they are currently looking.
This movie would be the first in a trilogy, and Rowling will be making her debut as the screenwriter for the project. David Yates is the confirmed director for the new movie in the world of Harry Potter. Along with Redmayne, another actor in contention for the film is apparently Nicholas Hoult. Hoult worked with Warner Bros. on the upcoming movie Mad Max: Fury Road. It is both Redmayne and Hoult’s previous work with the studio, that is keeping them in contention for the lead in this spinoff.
Although there are a few other actors on the table to play the part of Scamander, Redmayne is still being considered as the frontrunner for the starring role in the Harry Potter spinoff. The studio has already said that the Fantastic Beasts movie will be developed across all of the digital platforms offered. This includes linking into the online digital experience that corresponds to the original books known as Pottermore.com, as well as gaming units and other consumer products. The first movie in the Fantastic Beasts trilogy is on schedule to premiere on November 18, 2016.
By Kimberley Spinney
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