J.K. Rowling wants Eddie Redmayne to star in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The British actor, 33, is being eyed for the role of Newt Scamander, multiple outlets report. In production from Warner Bros., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an upcoming adaptation of Rowling’s 2001 supplemental book to her Harry Potter series.
News broke in September 2013 that the beloved author, 49, would be earning her first screenwriting credit for the spin-off, which is due out on Nov. 18, 2016. Details have trickled out in the years since, as it was announced as a three-part series, directors were eyed, and the first film booked a release date.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” she wrote, referencing the years that she worked on the beloved series and its eight film adaptations. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”