Eddie Redmayne has told EW that getting cast in the new Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an “extraordinary” experience
“Like many people, I read those books, I watched those films, and became completely intoxicated by J.K. Rowling’s world,” said the British actor and Oscar-winner. “The idea of getting to tiptoe into it felt truly exciting. I hope it’s going to be quite a ride.”
Fantastic Beasts began filming last month at the U.K.’s Leavesden Studios, where all eight of the Harry Potter movies were shot. Written by Rowling and directed by Potter franchise veteran David Yates, the film stars Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s leading magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.
While Redmayne was happy to discuss his excitement about the project he declined to elaborate further about the film itself, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. “I’m allowed to say absolutely nothing!” he explained.
Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar earlier this year for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and is likely to be in the awards conversation again this fall thanks to his role in The Danish Girl, which will be released Nov. 27.
The actor will next be seen — or, rather, heard — voicing a train named Ryan in the new Thomas the Tank Engine film, Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure (out on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 8).
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