Living up to the original is never easy. That’s why Eddie Redmayne is concerned about making “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” He is feeling the pressure of having to make a movie that lives up to the eight beloved “Harry Potter” films.
“The stakes are high because they were so good before,” he told E! Online. “You don't want to screw it up.”
The “Potter” films certainly set a high bar. In addition to being loved by fans and critics, they earned over $7 billion. Warner Bros. Studios can only hope that Redmayne’s trilogy will be equally successful.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” isn’t directly related to the “Harry Potter” films, but they take place in the same universe and even film at the same studio. Redmayne will play Newt Scamander, a man who studies magical creatures. His story will take place in 1930s New York, but not much is known about the film’s plot since they aren’t based on J.K. Rowling’s books. Instead, Rowling penned the script.
While Redmayne might be worried about handling the high-pressure role, Rowling certainly isn’t. In June, she announced that she was “thrilled” to see the “Theory of Everything” actor in the role.
Thrilled that Eddie Redmayne will be starring in Fantastic Beasts. He'll be a perfect Newt Scamander!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 3, 2015
The Oscar-winnner might be concerned about the expectations surrounding “Fantastic Beasts,” but that isn’t stopping him from feeling the excitement. Redmayne is thrilled to be able to live in the Wizarding World, just like any other “Harry Potter” fan would be.
“Like many people, I read those books, I watched those films, and became completely intoxicated by J.K. Rowling’s world,” Redmayne told Entertainment Weekly. “The idea of getting to tiptoe into it felt truly exciting. I hope it’s going to be quite a ride.”
The film will also star Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol and Faith Wood-Blagrove. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016.