The wizarding world of “Harry Potter” will soon be making its return to the silver screen, but the star of the original story, actor Daniel Radcliffe, has confirmed he won’t be reprising his leading role.
Radcliffe, star of the eight blockbuster film adaptations of the “Harry Potter” book series, recently commented on the news that J.K. Rowling will be writing a “prequel” to the boy wizard’s story, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." "I'm sure they're going to have a great time. I'm sure a lot of people will be really excited," said Radcliffe during a recent press event via The Guardian Wednesday. “I, needless to say, won't be involved,” he later added.
While Radcliffe, 24, has confirmed he won’t reprise his longtime role in the upcoming film, he did comment that he is unsure if his former “Harry Potter” co-stars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, will sign on to star in the fantasy flick. “I don't know if any of us will be,” said Radcliffe, adding, “I know nothing about it.”
Rowling, the author of the best-selling, young-adult series, announced last week that she was collaborating with Warner Bros. to write a film based off of her 2001 short novel of the same name “written” by one of the story’s characters, Newt Scamander. “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world," said Rowling in a statement. “Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets under way.”
The producer of the eight “Harry Potter” films, David Heyman, recently commented on the coming project during a press junket for Alfonso Cuaron’s George Clooney film, “Gravity,” according to a report from Comingsoon. “I can't talk really about it yet. All I can say is that it's great,” said Heyman. “Jo [Rowling] had no need to go back to this universe or world. It's not Harry Potter per se, but the world of Harry. She's chosen to do so because she felt a need to tell a story. That she's doing it means that it's going to be very, very special."