The coming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in the same world as the Harry Potter franchise. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne is officially the lead in Warner Bros. film playing Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them text. In an announcement, director David Yates said:
“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.”
The film is based on J.K. Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name and hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016.