It was confirmed that Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne was slated to portray the lead in J.K. Rowling’s upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Although rumored for the role for some time, it was announced yesterday in a press release by Warner Bros. president of creative development Greg Silverman.
Redmayne’s character will reportedly involve him being a foremost “magizoologist” who searches the wizarding world for magical creatures to catalog for his novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which eventually becomes a textbook that is part of the curriculum for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. No one else has been announced as part of the cast yet, but the film was scripted by J.K. Rowling and will be directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films. The movie is scheduled to release November 2016.
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– David Dunn
SOURCE: TIME, The Hollywood Reporter