Heads up, Potterheads! Meet the latest hero of the Harry Potter universe
This Oscar-winning actor is officially in talks to star in the spin-off.
Redmayne, who just won Best Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards, will be playing Newt Scamander, a "mazizoologist" from the Harry Potter universe. The film is set in New York roughly 70 years before the start of Harry's story, and chronicles Newt's adventures with all sorts of magical creatures.
According to reports, Redmayne requested to see the script (which author J.K. Rowling penned herself) before signing on for the role. David Yates, who helmed the last four Potter movies, will direct the new film.