Eddie Redmayne was born to play magizoologist Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” according to producer David Heyman.
”Eddie was our first choice,” Heyman told tv3. “He’s very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York.”
The film, written by J.K. Rowling, follows Scamander, a Ministry of Magistry employee who accidently unleashes a briefcase full of magical creatures upon NYC in the roaring twenties. Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller also star.
”Newt is someone who can communicate better with his creatures than he does with people,” Heyman said of Redmayne’s character. “He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US and the American magical universe is different to the British one.”
Redmayne said shooting the film, which wrapped last month, was “a wonder.”
“It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of,” Redmayne said. “It’s like imagination taken to the extreme.”
Rowling was intimately involved with the production process. According to Heyman, ”We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalized them.”
Redmayne said he asked Rowling “800 questions” to prepare for the role.
“I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough — it’s so encyclopedic of her world,” he told ComingSoon.net.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” directed by David Yates, opens Nov. 18, 2016. [Source]
Guests transitioned from near-blinding camera flashes on the red carpet into a dimly lit room for cocktails at Mack Sennett Studios, where Omega’s Globemaster timepieces were in full display.
The new, anti-magnetic movement was one star of the evening. The other reason for the dinner in Los Angeles Tuesday evening was for the Swiss watchmaker to officially reveal Eddie Redmayne, who inked a deal with the company last year, as its latest brand ambassador. Though despite the title, Redmayne appeared to be more off duty that evening with a spokeswoman for the watch brand saying the actor would not be doing any press interviews.
Still, Omega’s choice for its latest face was strategic in a bid to keep the brand relevant amid a younger base of potential watch wearers.
“We felt for this product and this new message we want to get across, he would be a good spokesperson for us so I think it’s a good match,” Omega president Stephen Urquhart told WWD.
Redmayne joins other celebrity ambassadors for the brand, including George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Cindy Crawford and Nicole Kidman, along with a large roster of athletes.
“I think Eddie is sort of a new generation…but very serious,” Urquhart continued. “He does some very, you know, risky films like ‘The Danish Girl.’ So I think it’s a good addition coming to our image for Omega.”
Elsewhere in the Omega business, Urquhart said additional stores are in the works but was cagey about the specifics when prodded for more details other than to say “We have one or two planned but I can’t say [where] at the moment yet.” [Source]
Eddie Redmayne is watching this year’s Best Actor race at the Oscars very closely — but he’s not rooting for exactly whom you’d think he would be.
Redmayne, who won the Oscar last year for “The Theory of Everything” and is nominated again this year for his work in “The Danish Girl,” is expecting to go home empty-handed this year — and he’s fine with that, as he found himself decidedly on Team Leo.
The British actor reportedly told the Telegraph magazine that his money is on fellow nominee Leonardo DiCaprio taking home the trophy for his work in “The Revenant.”
“[DiCaprio is] definitely going to win and should. I feel excited just to be invited to the party, frankly,” Redmayne said. “For me to be considered in the group of nominees, with [Matt] Damon, DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Bryan Cranston — it feels amazing.”
But don’t worry, even if he loses to DiCaprio, he’ll still have a great time: “Going to the Oscars is always the most sensory overload and a huge amount of fun,” he said. [Source]
Eddie Redmayne’s acclaimed performance as a transgender pioneer has put him in the running for a second consecutive Oscar… and with a starring role in the new Harry Potter spin-off, and a baby on the way, the actor is having a golden moment
Eddie Redmayne has a reputation for being one of the nicest actors in the business. Alicia Vikander, his co-star in The Danish Girl, has said he is ‘the most sweet, gentle human being ever’; Tom Hooper, the film’s director, thinks Redmayne is ‘Hugh Jackman-level nice’.
I have interviewed him once before and, charmingly, he remembers this, but he doesn’t recall quite when it was. I tell him it was in 2009, he was on stage at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Alfred Molina in the sensational two-hander about Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals, and he jumps out of his seat. ‘Red. Awww, I loved Red,’ he says. ‘2009! It feels like only yesterday. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday?’
This is probably because he has been rather busy in the intervening years. He won an Olivier for his performance in Red. It transferred to Broadway and he won a Tony. In 2011 he starred with Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, based on the true story of Colin Clark, a young production assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl who struck up an unlikely friendship with Marilyn Monroe. The same year Redmayne was back on stage at the Donmar as Richard II, for which he won Best Shakespearean Performance at the Critics’ Circle Awards.
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OSCARS producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today a third slate of presenters for the 88th OSCARS telecast.
Among the new names are stage and screen star — and winner last year for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING — Eddie Redmayne, alongside theatre vet Cate Blanchett, INTO THE WOODS’ Emily Blunt, THE WIZ LIVE’s Common, comedian Louis C.K. and more.
“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”
The OSCARS, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC. [Source]
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander’s critically acclaimed drama The Danish Girl is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on the 9th May, released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, this remarkable love story comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film.
In the 1920s, a strong and loving marriage evolves as Gerda Wegener (Vikander) supports Lili Elbe (Redmayne) during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds the courage to be who they are at heart.
Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award® nominee Alicia Vikander star in the film, helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper. The Danish Girl co-stars Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
The release is nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Best Costume Design (Paco Delgado), and Best Production Design (Production Designer, Eve Stewart; Set Decorator, Michael Standish). [Source]
The event will be emceed by James Corden with a menu by chef Gordon Ramsay.
Oscar hopeful Eddie Redmayne will co-host the “Film is GREAT” reception in West Hollywood with British consul general Chris O’Connor.
The evening will be emceed by James Corden with music from Jamie Cullum and a special menu from chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I am thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Film is GREAT reception,” said The Danish Girl actor. “The range of British talent — both in front of and behind the camera — recognized by the film community over these past few months demonstrates the strength of the British creative industries.”
“Film is GREAT” is a part of the GREAT Britain campaign, which is meant to showcase the best of what the U.K. has to offer the world and encourage people to do business with, invest in, visit, and study in the U.K.
“Film is GREAT” will take place on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in West Hollywood. [Source]
Tom Hooper, director of “The Danish Girl,” says Eddie Redmayne was under a ton of pressure to do justice to Lili Elbe.
“The more he found out about Lili, the more he felt that burden,” Hooper told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Yet despite all that anxiety and worry, when we came to shooting, when the camera was turning, he was able to be completely free of that.”
“The more I work with actors, the more I realise the ability to transcend one’s anxiety is utterly central to being a great actor,” Hooper added. “Anxiety affects your freedom to be in the moment and those actors who are not controlled by anxiety are free to be truly great.”
Redmayne, in an interview with Reuters, admitted he sometimes felt “scrutinized” on set.
“The first time I walked on set (as Lili) I felt scrutinized, I felt the gaze of other people and I felt nervous,” he said. “It was interesting because it was something that a lot of the (trans) women I’d met had spoken about.”
Redmayne is currently shooting “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. The film, set 70 years before Harry Potter, sees Redmayne in the role of Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist who’s just completed a global journey to find and document magical creatures for a book he plans on writing,” producer David Heyman recently told Empire.
Redmayne, to prepare for the role, said he asked Rowling “800 questions.” “I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough,” he told ComingSoon.net, adding that “it’s so encyclopedic of her world.”
David Yates, director of the final four “Harry Potter” films, directs “Fantastic Beasts,” slated to hit theaters Nov. 18, 2016. [Source]
Priyanka Chopra, Brie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman and Jacob Tremblay will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards® Ceremony that already includes Life Achievement Award presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).
Priyanka Chopra appears in the television series “Quantico,” which returns from hiatus in March, for which she received a People’s Choice Award. Chopra also is in pre-production on “It’s My City,” a series she created for the nexGTV digital platform, and is set to release three Indian regional films through her production company Purple Pebble Pictures.
Brie Larson is nominated this year for her first SAG Award, as lead female in “Room,” a role that also earned her an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe. Her upcoming films include “Kong: Skull Island” and “Free Fire.”
Eva Longoria has two Actors® and three additional SAG Award nominations for “Desperate Housewives” in the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She currently is starring in the comedy series “Telenovela,” which she also executive produces
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Oscar awardee British actor Eddie Redmayne has proven his diversity in the acting department through such critically acclaimed performances in “The Theory of Everything” and the recent “The Danish Girl.” It appears he is also unafraid to do some serious stunts himself.
In a recent interview with Pottermore, acclaimed stunt director Eunice Huthart spoke about the stunt-work in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” She, in particular, talked about Eddie Redmayne’s (Newt Scamander) enthusiasm and willingness to do exciting, dangerous and life-threatening stunts on his own.
One of those dangerous stunts involved, according to the correspondent, was dangling Eddie Redmayne from the sky. “Eddie’s great. We just tell Eddie what to do and he does it,” Huthart spoke of Redmayne.
“‘I have never had to talk him into doing anything. Eddie’s just like, ‘Come on guys, what are we doing now? Bigger, faster, harder!’ It’s more a case of me telling him, ‘Eddie, we can’t do that!’ We need to make sure he can work tomorrow, you know,” Huthart added, complimenting Redmayne’s enthusiasm. She added that it is “so much fun” working with actors like Eddie Redmayne because they are unafraid to take risks.
It should be noted that Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double, David Holmes, was paralyzed for life after performing a flying stunt for “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1” back in 2009. He said he was thrown against the wall during a stunt and landed on the crash mat underneath and was only 25 years old back then.
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