UPDATE: Eddie Redmayne is in Talks to Star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
UPDATE: Eddie Redmayne is now confirmed to be in talks for the lead role in the new Warner Bros trilogy according to Variety who say that David Yates has officially offered the Oscar winning actor the role. Watch this space for more updates.
So many names have been thrown around recently for the casting of the lead, Newt Scamander in the highly anticipated Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but it seems Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is the front runner.
WB declined to comment on this story but sources told Variety David Yates is considering a few other actors for the part but Redmayne is the favourite.
Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.
Scamander is described as a “magiczoologist,” which in the Harry Potter realm is a person who studies magical creatures.
Alongside Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is currently looking to cast.
Fantastic Beasts will be out in November 2016.
A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them contains the history of Magizoology and describes 75 magical species found around the world. Scamander says that he collected most of the information found in the book through observations made over years of travel and across five continents. He notes that the first edition was commissioned in 1918 by Mr Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books. However, it was not published until 1927. It is now in its 52nd edition.