Eddie spoke with Cinema Blend about joining the world of Harry Potter with his new role as Newt Scamander.
It should have been impossible for Eddie Redmayne to ever top his Academy Award winning performance in The Theory Of Everything. But the fact that he’s done just that with The Danish Girl within a year of picking up the Best Actor gong proves the wealth of talent that Redmayne has at his disposal.
Things are only going to get bigger and better for Eddie Redmayne, too, with his starring role in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. And since he is currently shooting the Harry Potter spinoff I wondered if he’d had the chance to ask his predecessor, Daniel Radcliffe, for some advice on how to delve into the magical universe. Luckily, at the end of October, I got the chance to sit down with Redmayne to talk about his wonderful work on The Danish Girl, during which I asked him whether he’d chatted to Daniel Radcliffe about Fantastic Beasts. To which Redmayne answered:
“Do you know? I haven’t, actually. I haven’t. I know Dan a wee bit, and I … at some point, I should focus on making this [movie] right first, and live up to what he’d done already.”
Since Daniel Radcliffe was only a young whippersnapper when he was cast to portray the titular wizard in the Potter series, he probably wouldn’t have had too much advice to give to Redmayne. But just the image of the two actors talking about the universe, their acting methods, and the pressures that come with leading such a film and franchise, is enough for Harry Potter fans to instantly smirk over.
There certainly will be quite a heap of pressure on Eddie Redmayne and everyone involved in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them to match the $7.723 billion grossing antics of the Harry Potter series. While Redmayne has already found enormous success thanks to his Oscar-winning efforts, as well as the fact that he’s an all-round charming sod, his status is only going to rise exponentially once he’s completed his work on the Harry Potter spin-off, which has been written J.K Rowling and is already anticipated as a massive new franchise.
In Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them, Eddie Redmayne stars as the fantastically named Newt Scamander opposite Katherine Waterston’s Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein, while it’s only relation to Harry Potter is that it is set in the same world, just seventy years earlier and in 1920s New York.
You can check out the clip of myself and the delightfully affable Eddie Redmayne discussing his upcoming performance in Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them below. Warning: It’s incredibly British.
We’re now just over a year away from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’s release date of November 18, 2016. But those of you looking for your Eddie Redmayne fix will be able to get it when The Danish Girl hits cinemas later this month on November 27. Something that everyone should do because Redmayne is even more spectacular in it than you could possibly imagine.