Eddie Redmayne is Frontrunner for ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off’s Lead

Fresh off of his Oscar win for ‘The Theory of Everything’, it looks like Eddie Redmayne’s future projects are about to get a lot more magical. Redmayne is reportedly the frontrunner for the role of Newt Scamander in Warner Bros. ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.

First reported by Variety, director David Yates is said to be considering of actor but Redmayne is by far the favorite. Another actor reportedly in the running is Nicholas Hoult.

Based off of a Hogwarts textbook written by J.K. Rowling, the author will be writing the screenplay for the movie about magiczoologist Newt Scamander which is set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books and movies.

“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 nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling.

The first ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ film is set to be released Nov. 18, 2016.

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