Eddie Redmayne, who won an oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has officially been cast as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. His appointment comes after months of speculation, and finally means that filming can get underway for the movie’s targeted 2016 release.
The film is based on a book of the same name, written by J.K. Rowling, which chronicles the adventures of Scamander, a magizoologist, who documents his encounters with magical creatures. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actually shows up as a book at the Hogwarts School, so fans of the franchise are already somewhat familiar with its existence, although it’s a lesser known tale compared to the adventures of Harry Potter.
Because it’ll follow Scamander and his encounters with magical creatures, Fantastic Beasts promises to be even more fantastical than previous Harry Potter films; I can’t wait to see these creatures imagined on the big screen.
As for Redmayne, Warner Bros. couldn’t have picked a more in-demand actor. He’s more known for his dramatic roles, but his charisma and range should be a perfect fit as the titular magizoologist.
David Yates, who has already directed four Harry Potter movies, will direct Fantastic Beasts, which is scheduled to hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.