Previously, the interwebs were aflutter with the possibility that Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne might be the star of the next non-Harry-Potter Harry Potter movie, the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Of course, the internet also wanted Matt Smith to star as Newt Scamander, the magizoologist who wrote the magical creatures textbook Hogwarts students use in the Harry Potter series. I guess the Eleventh Doctor can now drown his sorrows in pumpkin juice, as Warner Bros. has made an actual offer to Redmayne for the part, according to Deadline.
Negotiations better hurry, as the film is set to be released in the fall of 2016, and I assume the CGI for dragons and crumple-horned snorkacks will take a while. David Yates will be directing the not-a-prequel film, set in the same universe as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Fun facts related to magizoology: Luna Lovegood became a wizard naturalist and married Newt Scamander’s grandson, Rolf.