Eddie Redmayne cast in Harry Potter spinoff movie 'Fantastic Beasts'
MANILA, Philippines – Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has entered the world of wizardry as he officially joins the cast of J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
According to a press release, Eddie’s entry in the movie was announced by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures
In the movie, Eddie plays Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist. In his travels, he has documented various magical creatures, which would lead him to write Hogwarts' famous textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
In the same press release, Silverman had this to say about Eddie’s participation in the movie: “Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
J.K Rowling will be writing the movie, while David Yates, who directed the last 4 Harry Potter films, is on board to direct.
“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,” Yates said.
Known for his roles in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Les Miserables, Eddie won an Oscar last February for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. –Rappler.com