After much speculation of which rising or established star might take the lead for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, recent Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne has signed on.
The 33 year old British native will play Newt Scamander. The films screenplay was written by the author herself J.K. Rowling, and the story will be set in a wizarding world setting within New York City during the 1920s.
What we know about Newt Scamander is that he 'penned' the spin-off companion book to the Harry Potter series and his work as a Magizoologist. He had a deep interest in magical creatures since a young child. After graduating Hogwarts and briefly working for the Ministry of Magic, he became an expert in the field of Magizoology.
No word yet on who will play his co-stars and join the Warner Bros. Potter family. The series is set for three films with Harry Potter film alumni David Yates at the helm as director. As the spin-off to the highly beloved Harry Potter phenomenon, the first film is due for release in 2016.
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