Two years after J.K. Rowling announced she was adapting Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them into a screenplay, we’re finally getting our first look at Eddie Redmayne in character as the protagonist, Newt Scamander.
Words: Lauren Burgess, Subeditor: Yasmin Harding
It’s been four months since the casting of the premiere zoologist of the wizarding world was announced, and we’ve been dying to see more ever since. Today, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we’re getting our first look at Redmayne in character.
— BespokeRedmayne (@bespokeredmayne) November 3, 2015
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 4, 2015
Complete with glowing wand, professional briefcase and swishy coat, Newt Scamander is looking seriously stylish.
So what did the good people of Twitter think?
The stills from the set of Fantastic Beasts looks amazing, Eddie Redmayne is gonna be brilliant in his role
— nads (@mudbloodsbeware) November 4, 2015
— Alexander Matthew (@alexmatthewfilm) November 4, 2015
Eddie Redmayne is playing Newt Scamander…. And it is all just so stinkin fantastic.
— Sara Mae (@saramae2911) November 4, 2015
Eddie Redmayne cast as Newt Scamander. Don’t know whether I’m excited or disappointed.
— Jessica Salinas (@ylwbird__) November 4, 2015
Eddie Redmayne is one of those guys that looks weird in normal life but looks awesome dressed in mental clothes
— AlmightyCorkz (@KeownC_) November 4, 2015
Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking and now he’s playing an author wizard can we just switch lives please — ken (@haresthetic) November 4, 2015
Aside from a couple of debbie-downers it looks like the response is overwhelmingly positive. We here at Voice of London definitely approve.
The film is expected to hit theatres late next year. Until then, there’s always binge watching the entire Harry Potter series to tide you over. That’s a full 19 and a half hours plus of magic. Tons more if you go for the books too (and really, why wouldn’t you?)