Updated 09:55 PM EST, Tue, Dec 01, 2020

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter Spinoff Eyes Eddie Redmayne in Lead Role, Sources Claim

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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is in the process of penning the script for the adaptation of the wizarding world's spinoff film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and it seems that production has a particular Briton in mind to play the lead role.

"The Theory of Everything" actor and Oscar-awardee Eddie Redmayne is said to be the frontrunner to play the "magizoologist" Newt Scamander in the new franchise, according to Variety. The site claimed that Redmayne requested to see the finished script, which was written by the award-winning author herself, before he says yes to the role.

Vanity Fair noted that it probably wasn't the quality that Redmayne is worried about, after all, Rowling did pen one of the most-loved books of all time. However, considering the twists of the stories that Rowling had in store for her characters in the past, it is perfectly reasonable for Redmayne to see what he's in for before signing on as part of the ensemble.

While Rowling's name is known in the muggle world as much as in the magical realm, "Fantastic Beasts" is her screenwriting debut, and one that she's making top priority for now. If you're still waiting on that eighth "Harry Potter" book, you can just fold yourself in a box, as she's insistent on not writing any more tales about the "Boy Who Lived."

In a report from The Daily Mail UK, Rowling was said to be in the "Today" show last week, where she said that she's not going to provide info on what happened to Harry, Ron, and Hermione after the Battle of Hogwarts took place, and especially in the events after the epilogue. She said, "I'm afraid I haven't been writing the next Harry Potter. I have always said never say ... well, not never say never. I've always said I'm not going to say I definitely won't because, because I don't see why I should say that. You know, it's my world and I might choose to step back into it. And in a way, I am stepping back into it."

She also went on to say, "I'm stepping back into that world, writing the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. So, you know, that door is always opened to me. But I think Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione - I don't think that's going to happen."

While that news may be disappointing to fans, the new trilogy about Newt Scamander, which also serves as the title of a textbook used by Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the rest of their classmates from Hogwarts, will serve as another way to enter the magical world, as David Yates, the director of four out of the eight films, will also be helming "Fantastic Beasts."

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