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Eddie Redmayne May Be the Face of the New ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-off Franchise

If J.K. Rowling gets her wish, Eddie Redmayne will be the face of the new Harry Potter spin-off franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. According to The Independent, Redmayne is the Harry Potter author and Beasts screenwriter’s choice to play Newt Scamander in a new franchise—based on a fictional Hogwarts textbook—that is described as “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.” Redmayne hasn’t committed to the franchise, but has become a major star in recent years with roles films including Les Miserables, Jupiter Ascending and The Theory of Everything for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The first installment of the franchise is slated for a November 2016 release …

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