It has been rumoured for months (here), but today we have official confirmation that Eddie Redmayne will be playing the role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
For those who are unaware, Newt Scamander is a magizoologist in the world of Harry Potter. The character of Newt, and his books, are frequently referenced throughout the Harry Potter books and films. The film is set to take place in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, and take place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter.
In a statement today, Warner Bros President of Creative Development, Greg Silverman, stated that Redmayne had, “emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors,” and that they are “thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance.”
The script for Fantastic Beasts, is currently being developed by JK Rowling herself and will be directed by David Yates. Yates was the director of the final four entries in the Harry Potter franchise. Rowling, alongside David Heyman, Lionel Wigram and Steve Kloves (who has written all but one of the scripts for the Harry Potter franchise), will produce the project.