After winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, actor Eddie Redmayne could be on his way to the magical world of the Harry Potter universe.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures is considering Redmayne for the lead role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spinoff of the primary Harry Potter film series that will be based on one of the magical textbooks that Harry, Ron, and Hermione had to study from during their time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The film will follow the exploits of Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” that, after decades of adventures and honing of his expertise, would write the book of the same title and going on to become the foremost expert in magical creatures in the wizarding world.
Unlike the previous stories in the books and film series, Fantastic Beasts will take place in the United States — New York, specifically — and feature at least four main American characters. It will also be taking place decades before Harry and his friends are even born, by being set roughly 70 years before the events of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone.
Rowling, who’s expected to be writing the screenplay herself, made clear exactly how the new film should be perceived in relation to the main Harry Potter series. She said,
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.
Beyond Redmayne, the studio is also said to be looking at actor Nicholas Hoult for the part after working with him in Mad Max: Fury Road, though Redmayne is described as the studio’s “leading” choice for the part. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — the first film in an expected trilogy — is scheduled to hit theaters in Nivember of 2016. For more on the film as it develops further, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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