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Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' | © Warner Bros.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' | © Warner Bros.
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Exclusive Video: Eddie Redmayne Reveals All About Newt Scamander

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Film Editor
Updated: 14 November 2016
It’s the most anticipated film of the year and the latest entry in the “Potterverse”: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally getting released on November 18. In anticipation, we spoke to Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne about taking on the role of Newt Scamander, and the magical New York of the Roaring Twenties.

The Theory of Everything star plays the young wizard in the prequel to the Harry Potter series. The character has been referenced in JK Rowling’s books before, but now takes center stage in the New York-set fantasy film.

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Culture Trip‘s London Film and TV editor Cassam Looch caught up with the stars of the movie earlier this year, and asked Redmayne, most recently seen in The Danish Girl, about taking on an established character and what more there is to learn about Newt.

Redmayne spoke enthusiastically about the setting of New York in the Roaring Twenties, and how it affects Scamander.

Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them' | © Warner Bros.
Eddie Redmayne in ‘Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them’ | © Warner Bros.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926, with Newt Scamander on his way back from a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. He makes a brief stopover in New York; a stay which could have come and gone without incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts (which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina; Dan Fogler as Jacob; Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, Ray Donovan) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (Selma) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be on general release from November 18