'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': First look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (photo)

Eddie Redmayne Offered Lead Role in 'Harry Potter' Spinoff

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" excited "Harry Potter" fans earlier this week with a peek at the title design, but Warner Bros. really got their heart thumping on Wednesday with the first look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

The actor graces the newest Entertainment Weekly cover with a wand in hand as he stands confident in the American version of the Ministry of Magic.

The "Harry Potter" prequel, based on a J.K. Rowling novel of the same name, stars Redmayne as the magizoologist who goes on an adventure in 1926 New York, 70 years before Harry Potter reads his first book in school.

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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': First look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (photo)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends 'The Danish Girl' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the World Premiere of 'The Good Shepherd' presented by Universal Pictures at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 11, 2006 in New York City (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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LONDON - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Actors Rhys Ifans, Eddie Redmayne and Geoffrey Rush and director Shekhar Kapur arrive at The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival UK premiere of 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' at the Odeon Leicester Square on October 23, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the Royal Film Premiere of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' at the Odeon, Leicester Square on February 19, 2008 in London, England. All funds raised from this, the UK premiere, will go to the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne, actor, 27th August 2008 (Photo by Martin Godwin/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 24: Eddie Redmayne attends the 'Moet & Chandon: A tribute to Cinema' at Big Sky Studios on March 24, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the opening night of 'RED' on Broadway at the Golden Theatre on April 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards at The Sports Club/LA on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
British actor Eddie Redmayne poses as he arrives for the UK Premiere of 'My Week with Marilyn' in central London on November 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Eddie Redmayne attends the launch of OMEGA House on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Bagshawe attend an after party following the World Premiere of 'Les Miserables' at The Roundhouse on December 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Eddie Redmayne and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for BFCA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the NBCUniversal Golden Globes viewing and after party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
Actor Eddie Redmayne poses for photographers ahead of the Evening Standard Film Awards in central London on February 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY - JULY 26: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Eddie Redmayne attends 2013 Giffoni Film Festival press conference on July 26, 2013 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--OCT. 17, 2014-- British theater veteran Eddie Redmayne makes a splash in an intense performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Photographed in New York City on Oct. 17, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne attend the UK Premiere of 'The Theory Of Everything' at Odeon Leicester Square on December 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Other cast members of the fantasy film include Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight and Samantha Morton. It is directed by David Yates.

"Fantastic Beasts" is set to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.

Take a better look at the cover below:

Read original story 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': First Look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (Photo) At TheWrap

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