I wasn’t really a fan of the Harry Potter series – to me, only the third and fourth films in the series were really good- but it was an incrediblY popular franchise so you can forgive Warner Bros. for wanting to make more films set in the same world. J.K. Rowling, writer of the original books, finished work on what is a prequel to the other stories towards the end of last year, and it seems that the movie version will start shooting late this summer. There were rumours about Redmayne, currently riding high from the acclaim surrounding his Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything [poor film though], being in the running for the lead character of Newt Salamander a few weeks ago, and now they have been confirmed by Warner Bros’ President of Creative Development Greg Silverman.
“Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into JK 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.”
Director David Yates, who also directed the last four Harry Potter films, and is also helming this one, also said:
“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 JK Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released worldwide in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.