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Eddie Redmayne Official For Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

June 1, 2015 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

After weeks of unconfirmed reports, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Eddie Redmayne will play Newt Scamander, the lead role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne, who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will take on the role in the Harry Potter spinoff series that David Yates will direct.

Scamander is the central character in the series, which is based on further writings of J.K. Rowling. He is Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, 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. Rowling is writing the film, which will release on November 18th, 2016.