Eddie Redmayne eyes Harry Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’

He’s one of the UK’s hottest properties at the moment, having recently claimed Oscar success with his performance as Dr. Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), and now it appears the young actor could be set to join the nations biggest fictional series, Harry Potter.

A couple of years ago Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling hinted at a possible movie adaption of the famous Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – now, four years after the conclusion of the world famous boy wizard series, it appears the film may have found its leading man.

Set almost seventy years before the time of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themfollows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a famous and idolised wizard who’s adventures around the world become the stuff of legend. It worth pointing out that the film is neither a sequel nore a prequel to the record breaking Harry Potter series, but instead a completely seperate extension of the captivating fictional world created by Rowling.

Despite Redmayne clearly interested in joining the project, Warner Bros. Studios, the makers behind the Harry Potter franchise, are also eyeing other potential suitors including X-Men: Days of Future Past star Nicholas Hault.

The new film, slated to be a trilogy and Rowling’s introduction to the world of screenwriting, will hopefully share in the same box-office success as its Harry Potter counterpart, who’s seven films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due to start production later this year, with a release date slated for November 18, 2016.