Eddie Redmayne, star of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, has revealed he once he once auditioned to play a young Voldemort in ’Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.
The Oscar-winning actor did so back in 2001, but lost out to Christian Coulson, who played the Hogwarts student who would become He Who Must Not Be Named: Tom Marvolo Riddle.
“I actually auditioned to play Tom Riddle while I was at university,” Redmayne told Empire Magazine (issue 330). “I properly failed and didn’t get a call back.”
Redmayne still harboured an ambition to join the 'Harry Potter’ saga, seeing it as the platform for British talent it undoubtedly was between 2001 and 2011.
“Over the years I always hoped I might be cast as a member of the Weasley family - I’m colour blind but I’ve always been told there’s a tinge of red to my hair - but unfortunately not.
"A lot of my friends, like Domhnall Gleeson and Rob Pattinson, got their 'Harry Potter’ moment, but I never got mine.”
Obviously, this changed.
Redmayne made his professional stage debut in 2002, the year 'Chamber of Secrets’ was released, but it wasn’t until 13-years (and one Oscar) later that Warner Bros cast him as the hero in its first 'Potter’ spin-off.
The 'Theory of Everything’ and 'Danish Girl’ star plays Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who unwittingly unleashes a magical suitcase full of weird and wonderful creatures in 1920s New York.
'Potter’ creator JK Rowling has herself penned the film’s screenplay (as well as its many future sequels), based on the fictional textbook she wrote in 2001.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ is set for release in the UK on 18 November.
Picture Credits: Warner Bros