Today, Eddie Redmayne will debut his inclusion in the Harry Potter universe through Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The British star plays Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist who finds himself traveling the world to study magical beasts. But could fans see the actor ditch magic one day for science by joining Doctor Who?
Well, Redmayne would be fine if that happened.
During a recent interview with Radio 1 Breakfast host Nick Grimshaw, Redmayne said he would be interested in taking a ride on the TARDIS. “Would I do it? Yeah! It’s a great show. I do see the resemblance. I see the scarf, I see the coat, I see the bow tie,” he said.
“I’m also a huge fan of those actors, I love Matt Smith. I suppose the briefcase [in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them] has a TARDIS vibe to it – so yeah!”
Sadly, it doesn’t look like there will be time in Redmayne’s schedule to hop over to the BBC show. News broke that JK Rowling was extending Fantastic Beasts out into five films, so the actor will be busy with the wizarding world for the foreseeable future.
In an interview with Variety, the actor talked about his involvement with the franchise and said he had no worries about the additional films. Redmayne said he had no concerns because he “love[d] who she’d written.”
“As an actor, if it’s your dream to tell stories, getting to tell stories within the imagination of one of the greatest storytellers in the world is all you can hope for, really. Long may that continue,” he said.
While fans may not have known it, Rowling has said the folks behind Fantastic Beasts only coined it as a trilogy because they knew it would be more than a single film; They just didn’t know quite where it would stop.
“Originally, to tell you the truth, we said a trilogy as a placeholder. We wanted to be honest with people that it was going to be more than one movie, but we were feeling our way,” Rowling told Variety earlier this month. “Then, there came a point in the drafting of our story where I said to [Director David Yates], ‘You know, this feels like five movies, and I think I’m pretty certain about that.’”
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might 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 is in theaters today.