A new report suggests that Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne is Warner Bros.’ top choice to play Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The news were first shared by Variety. “Director David Yates is still also considering a few other actors for the part but the role, according to sources, is Redmayne’s to lose,” said the outlet. Nicholas Hoult is one of the other names that have been considered for the role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one thing holding up the process is that Rowling is still writing the script and Redmayne won’t commit until he reads it.

Set 70 years before the events of the original Harry Potter series, Fantasic Beasts will be set in New York City and will follow the story of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist famous in the Wizarding World for writing the text book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The fictional title became an actual book in 2001, when J.K. Rowling published it for charity alongside the tome Quidditch Through the Ages.

Warner Bros. announced in 2013 that they were developing a new trilogy inspired by the book. J.K. Rowling herself is writing the script, with director David Yates, producer David Heyman and set designer Stuart Craig all set to return to the world of Harry Potter for the new trilogy.

As readers may very well know, Eddie Redmayne just won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last February for his performance in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

The film is expected to begin shooting in the U.K. this summer, eyeing for a November 2016 release.

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