Eddie Redmayne set to star in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts
The Theory Of Everything star Eddie Redmayne is in talks to take the starring role in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the new spin-off from Harry Potter.
According to Variety, Redmayne has been officially offered the leading role of Newt Scamander, a role that had previously been linked with former Doctor Who star Matt Smith. The role of Scamander is the lead in the new movie trilogy, which has been scripted by J.K. Rowling.
The new spin-off, which is inspired by Rowling's universe-expanding textbook about magical creatures, is not a direct prequel to Harry Potter, but will be set in the same universe, likely in the 1920s. It will be directed by David Yates, who was behind the camera on four of the eight Harry Potter films. Filming is set to begin later this summer.
It seems likely that casting decisions will begin to made in the next few weeks as the first film in the trilogy is due to hit cinemas as soon as November 18th 2016, with two sequels dated for 2018 and 2020 already.