Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, confesses to stealing a main character from the set.
Eddie Redmayne confesses to stealing a main character from the film’s set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies. Known for his numerous standout roles, including his Academy Award-winning performance in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The theory of everythingRedmayne’s star power is certainly undeniable. However, some of his more recent roles have seen him step into the wizarding world in the highly anticipated prequel series to the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwho introduced Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
Newt Scamander is the timid and kind magician and the author of the famous sorcerer’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latest addition to this franchise, Dumbledore’s Secrets, released earlier this year, followed Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt in their efforts to take down the dark wizard Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) and his army, a storyline that had developed in the franchise’s previous two films. Initially, there were five films planned for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, although a disappointing box office for Dumbledore’s Secrets has led to confirmation of a fourth film yet to come.
During a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter recently Redmayne confessed to stealing a pretty remarkable prop from the set of Fantastic beasts. After revealing that he also had a wad of The theory of everything, Redmayne went on to reveal that he recently managed to get hold of Newt’s briefcase, which houses his character’s magical creatures in the film. The actor quickly followed this up with a joking plea to “do not tell anyone” if his The good nurse co-star Jessica Chastain teased him about admitting his theft on camera. Watch Redmayne’s confession below.
I also recently stole Newt’s briefcase from “Fantastic Beasts.” Do not tell anyone.
The Future of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise Remains Unclear
While we had previously expected the series to have a five-movie run, the fate of Fantastic Beasts 4 is currently completely unknown. Dumbledore’s Secrets endured a somewhat lackluster box office debut, bringing in just $405 million against its $200 million budget. At the time, reports suggested that Warner Bros. waited to see how this third episode would perform before going green Fantastic Beasts 4 and now, six months after the film’s release, there are still no clear signs of the magical franchise moving forward.
Despite the lukewarm reception at Dumbledore’s Secrets, Redmayne’s Newt has become one of the franchise’s favorite characters because of his sweet clumsiness and passion for his creatures. You could speculate that Redmayne recently came into possession of Newt’s most important prop from the movies, could mean that the door is closed on the Fantastic Beasts franchise for now, though it’s more than likely that multiple cases were made for the film’s production and Redmayne just managed to get their hands on one as memorabilia. In the meantime, it would be interesting to hear what other props Redmayne has managed to sneak away from his previous films, as it seems he is building quite a collection.
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