Eddie Redmayne cast as ‘Fantastic Beasts’ lead

After months of rumors flying about on who would be portraying Newt Scamander, we finally have our leading man.

Eddie RedmayneNewt Scamander will be played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. Most may know him from his recent success in The Theory of Everything, portraying a young Stephen Hawking.

As mentioned above, Redmayne will play Newt Scamander. Newt’s a “magizoologist” and the author of the book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (also the film’s title).

The film will be written by Harry Potter author herself, J.K Rowling, which will be her screenwriting debut. Set in New York decades prior to the Harry Potter series, the film will consist of Newt Scamander’s adventures.

Shooting will begin this summer with David Yates directing.

It has a November 18, 2016 release date, with at least two additional films to follow.

What are your thoughts on this casting news? Excited, nervous?