Warner Bros. has confirmed that newly-crowned Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will play magiczoologist Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” it was announced Monday by WB’s Greg Silverman.
David Yates will direct from a script by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling“>J.K. Rowling, who wrote “Fantastic Beasts” as an extension of the Wizarding World first depicted in the “Harry Potter” movies.
Scamander is the Wizarding World’s preeminent magiczoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook “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“>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.
“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“>J.K. Rowling‘s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way,” added Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.
Making her screenwriting debut on the film, Rowling has developed the character of Scamander and his primer — taken from her beloved “Harry Potter” series — to further explore the unique world she has crafted in print.
The film is being produced by “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, as well as J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the “Harry Potter” films, and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise.
Redmayne won an Oscar for his heartbreaking performance as Stephen Hawking in the 2014 biopic “The Theory of Everything.” He has also starred in Tom Hooper‘s screen adaptation of the hit musical “Les Misérables,” and next stars in Hooper’s true-life drama “The Danish Girl,” due out this November.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on Nov. 18, 2016.