It has been almost four years since a Harry Potter film has been on the big screen. After 7 individual films over the course of 10 years, Harry Potter fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new series of movies based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe.
Some time ago, fans received an announcement that a new film series that would start with a film titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, would be released soon. Yet, nothing more happened except for tidbits of news that a cast had not been picked yet.
What has been the hold-up wondered Ivan Ong on workingwithgrace.wordpress.com.
Apparently, the difficulty has been with finding an actor to play the role of main character Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, a magizoologist who would later be known as the grandfather of Luna Lovegood’s husband Rolf.
Well, the search is finally over! According to Vanity Fair and other sources, 33-year-old English actor Eddie Redmayne is currently negotiating a contract for the lead role. Current rumors suggest that Redmayne was offered the part, but he wanted to learn more about it by reading the script before agreeing to sign on to what will likely turn into a franchise of three or more films.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” is set approximately 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” books and films.