It’s finally official: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) will star as Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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It seemed for a while that it was between Redmayne and Matt Smith, who was briefly rumored to be in talks for the lead. But now Warner Brothers and director David Yates have settled on Redmayne. Fantastic Beasts has a screenplay from J.K. Rowling herself, and is only sort of based on the book of the same name. In Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Hogwarts textbook about, well, the magical creatures of that world. And the book you can buy is written as a textbook.

The movie takes place in New York seventy years before Harry Potter, which places it in the mid- to late 1920s. As you’d guess, the movie is about “magizoologist” Newt Scamander and the creature-based adventures that resulted in him writing the seminal work on magical creatures. I’m kind of hoping we get less well-tread creatures like dragons and more esoteric ones like mooncalves.

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[via Coming Soon]


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