Eddie Redmayne Officially Joins ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-off

By June 2, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures and J.K. Rowling have found their man to embody their lead wizard in the upcoming Harry Potter franchise spin-off.

According to an official press release, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of EverythingJupiter Ascending) will take the lead on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although he’s been rumored to join the film for some time now, it’s nice to have official confirmation, as it’s likely getting ready to go into active production in the near future. Warner Bros. President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production commented on Redmayne’s casting in the press release, saying,

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.

To be directed by David Yates — the helmer of the final four main Harry Potter films — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place about 70 years before the events of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It will follow Redmayne’s character, a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamader, as he, “travels will encounter and document a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Unlike the majority of Harry Potter stories, this one will take place in New York, which will give fans of the “Potterverse” their first look at the United States within the wizarding world, outside of some innocuous mentions in the books of American witches present at the Quidditch World Cup.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to go into production this summer for a release in November of 2016. It will also likely be the first part of a new trilogy. For more on Fantastic Beasts as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • tommymadden3

    Honestly can’t wait to see the next chapter of JK Rowling. she is a genius, I am sure these new movies are going to create history too

  • USAjoe

    Looking Forward to see what fantastic beasts come out of this new spinoff, if they are anything like the magical creatures from harry potter (which they will be) then its gonna be awesome 🙂

  • Jane Keating

    Love Redmayne, He’ll adapt into Rowling’s universe like a natural wizard.

  • Sean L

    I am so stoked that j.K rowlings universe is gonna be on our screens once more 🙂

  • David Black

    You know things are gonna go well when you have Eddie on board

  • Mikey Silva

    great news, a fantastic edition to the cast.. I don’t know anything about this new harry potter spin off to be honest, but I can’t wait to see it though because Ms. Rowling is the best <3