Eddie Redmayne Eyed for Harry Potter Spin-off Fantastic Beasts

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The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne is the frontrunner to headline Warner Bros.' planned 'Harry Potter' spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Redmayne is the favorite to play Newt Scamander, a magizoologist and the author of the wizarding world textbook that gives the film its name.

Four-time 'Harry Potter' director David Yates has signed on to helm the fantasy adventure. Yates returns to the Wizarding World after having directed 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'(2011), 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' (2010), 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' (2009) and 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' (2007).

The story will be set 70 years before the first 'Harry Potter' installment began, and involve the New York-set adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' opens in theaters on November 18, 2016. Source: Variety

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