13/04/2015 07:33 BST | Updated 13/04/2015 07:59 BST

Eddie Redmayne For ‘Harry Potter' Film Role? ‘Theory Of Everything' Star Tipped For ‘Fantastic Beasts' Job

Eddie Redmayne is on track to land the lead role in the upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off film, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where The Find Them’, according to reports.

The actor just won an Oscar for his starring role in ‘The Theory Of Everything’, and Variety reports that he’s favourite to take on the task of playing Newt Scamander is J.K Rowling’s movie.

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Eddie Redmayne

The film will be Rowling’s screenwriting debut, and while the author hasn’t said much about the project, back in October 2014, she revealed that she’d nearly finished the script.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ is based on one of the Hogwarts’ fictional textbooks, and the movie will chart the tale of its author, Newt.

It will be set in New York City, 70 years before Harry’s arrival at the School of Witchcraft And Wizardry.

Eddie’s currently busy filming another project, ‘The Danish Girl’, in which he will star as painter Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to ever undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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