Eddie Redmayne leads magical cast of ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander in Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them which takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away in America.

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Fantastic Beasts begins with the character of Newt Scamander, whose visit to New York becomes far more eventful than he ever imagined. Producer David Heyman says that Eddie Redmayne was the filmmakers’ first and only choice for the part.

“He is quintessentially British, and an actor for all times who can play a character from any time. Eddie is brilliant at getting under a character’s skin and exploring every detail of a role, yet all that effort is invisible. All you see here is Newt—an outsider who is somewhat knotty but winning and engaging, someone you immediately invest in,” said Heyman.

Redmayne says of his role, “Newt is most comfortable around beasts and is seemingly content to be on his own in the company of his animals, which are the be all and end all of his life. What I love about Newt is his passion; his only agenda is to teach the value of these creatures to the rest of the magical world, which considers them dangerous because they could give away the existence of wizards.”

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them opens today across the Philippines in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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