Eddie shared with USA Today about how excited he is to be working on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
While Eddie Redmayne is one of the biggest names in town at the Toronto International Film Festival with The Danish Girl, the Oscar winner’s also excited about getting back to the British set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s cinematic continuation of her Harry Potter series arriving in theaters Nov. 18, 2016.
We naturally asked him about it and he naturally clammed up about his role as ace magizoologist — and Hogwarts alum — Newt Scamander in the story, which takes place 70 years before Harry, Ron and Hermione came to school for the first time. (Maybe he’s worried about the Dementors. We get that, Eddie.)
“Ooooooooh, Beasts. I want to disclose everything but I literally cannot tell you anything. All I can say is that I’m having the most wonderful time and J.K Rowling has written something utterly wonderful.”
So far Redmayne’s only met her once and, yep, she’s wonderful:
“We only had an hour before she was going away and we just talked character quite intensively. Her knowledge of my character’s backstory and the intricacies of it all were really inspiring.”
The actor did admit that he has some youthful zeal in working in this magical world, though like when he starred in the Les Miserables movie, it’s a complicated thing when it’s a project that means a lot to you:
“I had been to see Les Mis when I was a kid and I wanted to be Gavroche, and my parents were like, ‘You must have had so much fun making Les Mis!’ You know what, when you care about something so much when you’re doing it, you’re always trying to do it better. You’ve only got that day and when the camera’s rolling, and that scene’s done. So your mind’s always going: ‘How do I do it better, how do I do it better…’ And as a consequence, enjoyment is another question. I’m definitely having fun, but the thing with J.K. Rowling is I loved those books and I loved those films, and now there’s the sense of I don’t want to be the guy who lets everybody down.”