Warner Bros Pictures confirmed Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will star in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them directed by Harry Potter helmer David Yates from a script by Rowling. Rowling, Harry Potter producer David Heyman, Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, and Harry Potter executive producer Lionel Wigram are producing the film.
Commenting on the casting of Redmayne, director Yates said, “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.”
“Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors,” stated Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “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.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open in 2D, 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
The Book’s Synopsis [Courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing]:
As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa – others you certainly won’t: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold… As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too… On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione – couldn’t resist graffiting the book, and adding their own hand-written opinions.
-By Rebecca Murray
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