Awesome news, Harry Potter fans: Warner Bros. announced Monday that Eddie Redmayne will play Newt Scamander in the first Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman had this to say in a statement:
“Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Director David Yates had this to say about the oscar winner:
“Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. 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.”
We personally don’t think they could have picked a better Newt Scamander, and we’re so excited for these movies and for the chance to escape back into Rowling’s magical world.