The rumour mill can stop turning, at least on one aspect of Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In an official announcement which we knew was coming, Eddie Redmayne has confirmed he will star in the movie.
Redmayne, who recently won an Oscar for his role in The Theory of Everything, will be playing New Scamander, author of the titular textbook which Potter and pals (puppet or otherwise) read during their years at Hogwarts. The more astute amongst you may have noticed, that given the book exists from the Start of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone), this movie will have to be a prequel. Indeed the story will apparently be set a whopping seventy years before Harry receives his first letter.
Details are incredibly thin at the moment as to the plot of the film. Beyond the time period, we also know that the film will largely be set in New York and...well, ok that's about it. However, Potter author J.K. Rowling herself is writing the script for the planned trilogy, so we can expect great things. It will certainly be interesting to see what the wizarding world of America looks like. Given that the magical locales are all heavily influenced by medieval European designs, something which just doesn't exist in America, it will be interesting to see just what an American wizard/witch looks like. These are the things I think about.
As we have previously mentioned, Warner Bros. are also eyeing talented actresses to fill the roles of two of the other three main characters.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently scheduled for release on November 18 2016, so expect more news leaking out, if not being announced, as the months go by.