It's Official: Eddie Redmayne to Star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has officially landed the lead role in J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' spinoff trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

'The Theory of Everything' star will play Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World's preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Four-time 'Harry Potter' director David Yates will helm the fantasy adventure from a script by author J.K. Rowling. 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).

"Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity," says Yates. "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."

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