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Eddie Redmayne lands lead in ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff film

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Eddie Redmayne to star in much-anticipated "Harry Potter" spinoff movie

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," written by J.K. Rowling, to premiere in November 2016

CNN —  

First there was Daniel Radcliffe, and now there is Eddie Redmayne.

The Oscar winner has officially been cast as the star of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a trilogy based on a book central to the “Harry Potter” saga.

Warner Bros. Pictures (owned by Time Warner, as is CNN) made the announcement on Monday.

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Redmayne will play Newt Scamander, who discovers magical creatures around the world and documents them in his book “Fantastic Beasts,” a textbook for Harry and other Hogwarts students.

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The script will be written by “Potter” author J.K. Rowling herself, and longtime “Potter” director David Yates will return.

“Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity,” Yates said in a news release.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

The trilogy’s first chapter is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 18, 2016.

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