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Eddie Redmayne has a pretty amazing film scheduled to be released in November of 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is described as a family fantasy adventure. Written by J.K. Rowling and under the direction of David Yates, this could be a blockbuster movie. It is summarized in IMDB as, “The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.” The handsome and dapper Eddie Redmayne is scheduled to star in the lead role as Newt Scamander. He will be joined with a wonderful cast including favorites, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ron Perlman, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight and many, many more.
Distinguished On Film and Stage
Though Redmayne is well known worldwide for his films, he is also a distinguished actor on stage. His biography is a notable mix of film and stage credits. On the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List he was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to drama. Redmayne is from London, England.
Notable Film Credits
In The Danish Girl (2015), Redmayne stars as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe. In the fictitious love story, Lili Elbe makes a groundbreaking transgender emergence.
In Jupiter Ascending (2015) Redmayne is the chief antagonist, Balem Abrasax, whose family trades in a youth serum that comes from human livestock.
The Theory of Everything (2014) brought Redmayne the first acting Oscar for a man born in the 1980s. He won an Academy Award. He played scientist Stephen Hawking. As of 2015, there have only been 17 actors who portrayed real people who were still living when the Award was given on the evening of the ceremony. Redmayne is one of those 17.
In Les Miserables (2012) Redmayne played Marius Pontmercy.
Other Television and Film Credits
Eddie Redmayne as worked steadily in television and film, while also earning awards and praise for his continuing stage career. Some of his noteworthy credits include:
2011: The Miraculous Year, My Week with Marilyn, Hick
2010: The Pillars of the Earth, Black Death
2009: Glorious 39, Powder Blue
2008: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Yellow Handkerchief
2007: Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Savage Grace
2006: The Good Shepherd, Like Minds
2005: Elizabeth I
1998: Animal Ark
Things That Matter Most
According to a February 11, 2015 interview for ABC News by Chris Connelly, Meredith Frost, Ashley Riegle and Lauren Effron about Redmayne’s transformation into the famous Hawking, Redmayne took four months preparing for his role as the famous physicist. He didn’t have the opportunity to meet Hawking until just before the film started shooting. But, he studied photographs and enlisted the help of a choreographer to learn how to use his body to move properly for each stage of Hawking’s many decades of struggle with ALS. He was very cautious to investigate the physical movements so that he could sustain them for a long time. He also worried over the facial movements.
“Weirdly, trying to capture Stephen’s face was perhaps the most difficult,” he said. “I would sort of sit in front of a mirror and there were moments when you’re like, ‘Am I parodying? Is this horrible? Is this verging on, am I going to be offensive?”
Redmayne admitted that the hours of study were important to him.
“Really the fear was, ‘What if I meet him and I realize I’ve got it all wrong?’” Redmayne said.
He admitted that what he really wanted was approval from Hawking.
In a related ABC News Nightline interview, he said that he is doing what he loves. He admitted that there were plenty of other things he could be doing, but that he is “an addict for acting”.
The Oscar and his fitting appointment to the OBE are two awards which point to the intelligent intensity and artistic achievements of Eddie Redmayne.