While the Harry Potter saga officially ended years ago now, there will be a new story from the Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a prequel. And now apparently Eddie Redmayne is the front runner to star.
Redmayne is of course hot stuff right now because of his Oscar winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and according to Variety, Beasts takes place seven decades before the Harry Potter saga begins.
This project is set up at the home of Harry, Warner Brothers, and JK Rowling will be making her debut as a screenwriter on this one. Apparently Redmayne will play a character named Newt Scamander, a “magiczoologist,” who studies magical beasts.
In a statement, Rowling said, “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is neither a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter series but an extension of the wizarding world.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a scheduled November 18, 2016 release date.