Newswire: Eddie Redmayne in talks to star in Harry Potter spinoff movies

Eddie Redmayne is the frontrunner to play a magizoologist in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, according to Variety. The Harry Potter spinoff will be a trilogy depicting the adventures of Newt Scamander, who authors Fantastic Beasts 70 years before Harry Potter finds out he’s a wizard and buys the book in Diagon Alley. In a baffling change of pace from the U.K.-set original series, the movie spinoff will take place in 1930s New York.

In the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a textbook written by Scamander; here in the Muggle world, J.K. Rowling wrote a version of it in 2011 for the charity Comic Relief. The sparse book details 75 magical animals with a forward by Albus Dumbledore and an “about the author” section. It’s there readers learn that after attending Hogwarts (in the Hufflepuff House), Scamander …

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