Eddie Redmayne Could Star in Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’

Eddie Redmayne has been eyed for the Harry Potter spinoff from the studios of Warner Bros. titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J. K. Rowling is the writer for the upcoming movie; she will be making her screenplay debut in the film.

Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” recently won an Oscar. After his performance his fan following has just been increasing and apparently he is the studio’s top priority, although the deal has not yet been signed because Redmayne wants to see the script first and it is still incomplete.

David Yates who directed the last four installments of Harry Potter will be returning to the project, he is looking into some other actors before giving a verdict. Warner Bros. have declined on commenting about this news story. The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper featuring Redmayne just finished production and it is seen as possible Oscar nominee.

The spinoff sets in New York before Harry and his friends join Hogwarts. It follows the story and adventures of Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, a magiczoologist who writes the book titled the same as the movie. This book is later studied by Harry to get closure about Beasts.

Rowling while talking about the potential trilogy said that the movie is not a sequel of Harry Potter but an extension about the wizard world, reports Variety.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world.”

The first installment in the franchise is expected to release on 18 November 2016.