Eddie Redmayne Confirmed to Play Newt Scamander

By Maryann Yin Comment

Eddie Redmayne (GalleyCat)Warner Bros. has confirmed that Eddie Redmayne will star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne (pictured, via) has become well-known for his roles in other literary adaptations such as The Theory of Everything and Les Misérables.

For this project, the Academy Award-winning actor will portray “the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist” Newt Scamander. Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series will recognize that character as the author of a textbook studied by students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director David Yates gave this statement in the press release: “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 J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)