Eddie Redmayne to star in JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts
2 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar earlier this year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will star in Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros has officially confirmed.
He will play pre-eminent Wizarding World magizoologist, Newt Scamander, who writes the famous Hogwarts School textbook that gives the film its title.
Potter author JK Rowling is making her screenwriting debut on the film.
The film’s director David Yates said: “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity.”
He added: “I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in JK Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”
Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts book, which was published in 2001, is set 70 years before the events of her bestselling Potter series.
It follows the adventures of magizoologist Scamander – a specialist in magical animals – who travels the Wizarding World to document the beasts he encounters.
He writes a book – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which is then studied years later by Hogwarts students such as Harry, Ron and Hermoine.
JK Rowling has written the script for the film
Director Yates previously directed the final …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment