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Eddie Redmayne at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in January. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BFCA)
Eddie Redmayne at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in January. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BFCA)
Eddie Redmayne at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in January. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BFCA)

The movie adaptation of JK Rowling’s wand-dip back into the murky waters of wizardry and witchiness, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, has provoked a dense cloud of online speculation that even a lumos maxima spell would struggle to shine through.

But one thought has dominated the debate over the last few hours. Has Eddie Redmayne signed up to take the lead role in all three films, the wizard Newt Scamander?

Variety seem to think so, and are pretty sure of their sources, claiming that Eddie has been offered the part after having approved the finished script.

They also claim that securing Eddie’s signature has been holding director David Yates back in chasing his two female leads. Eddie has, of course, had his own stuff to be getting on with, most recently the Tom Hooper movie The Danish Girl, which has now finished production.

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl' (Pic: Working Title)
Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Danish Girl’ (Pic: Working Title)

You may remember that last year, at the premiere of Paddington, the film’s producer David Heyman told reporters that they’re champing at the bit to get started: “Jo [Rowling] has written a wonderful script. It’s early stages. David Yates is directing and we start filming next year. I’m just really excited about it.”

All of which means… not much until an official confirmation. So maybe try and obliviate until then.

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By Fraser McAlpine