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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Eddie Redmayne says 'stakes are high' for 'Harry Potter' prequel gig

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Eddie Redmayne spoke about the “extraordinary” and educational experience of starring in The Danish Girl, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a high-stakes game. During the Toronto International Film Festival, the Oscar winner dished about the pressures of headlining the latest franchise installment.

“The stakes are high because they were so good before,” he told E! News of the previous Harry Potter films. “You don’t want to screw it up.”

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint became international sensations as the faces of the eight-film Harry Potter series. Redmayne succeeds them in this prequel story of Newt Scamander, a wizard and renowned magizoologist who travels around the world to document new fantastical creatures.

“It’s a complete privilege for me,” he continued. “I love J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films [and] books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift really.”

Redmayne is joined by Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister Queenie, Dan Fogler as Jacob, Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Jenn Murray as Chastity, Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty, and Colin Farrell as Graves. The film is written by Rowling herself and is directed by David Yates, who previously helmed Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and both parts of Deathly Hallows.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them began filming in August and is scheduled for release on Nov. 18, 2016.

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