Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables) has been confirmed to star in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts.
In September 2013, Warner Bros Entertainment announced that Rowling would make her screenwriting debut on the project in this statement:
Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.
The film is scheduled to open on Nov. 18, 2016.
Potter author J.K. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with the new film trilogy, and she will be joined by returning HP alum, David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, along with producer David Heyman, screenwriter Steve Kloves, and executive producer Lionel Wigram.