Eddie Redmayne is a great actor that should soon be a known name in households. I quite liked his work in The Wachowskis Jupiter Ascending, despite being some-what disappointed with the overall product.
Now, Redmayne is locked in to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them, which Harry Potter’s very own J.K. Rowling is writing the first of a planned trilogy which isn’t a sequel or a prequel to Harry Potter, but instead taking place in the same world, some 70 years beforehand.
Here’s a quote explaining how the films will work:
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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. 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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
A director has yet to be named, but I’m sure WB will find someone fitting to lead this possible mega franchise. I caught onto the Harry Potter films long after they made it to home video, but found them to be pretty entertaining and definitely worthy of expansion without exactly milking the franchise completely dry.