Matt Smith from ‘Doctor Who’ Favored to Lead Harry Potter Movie Prequel

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Matt Smith from ‘Doctor Who’ Favored to Lead Harry Potter Movie Prequel

Matt Smith, the former lead star of the British TV series “Doctor Who,” is reportedly in the running for a big part in the prequel to the “Harry Potter” movies. J.K. Rowling’s ”Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was announced for development way back in 2013 with a target release by Nov. 2016. Read on for more details.

According to MTV, Smith has said he has an interest in playing the “magizooligist” named Newt Scamander in the movie and word has it that he’s actually the favorite choice. As filming is assumed to be slated this summer around London, fans have rallied behind Smith for the role. A petition to push his casting was apparently set up on Change.Org, but it has since been closed.


The anticipation for the prequel has been building up since a casting announcement was posted online. Cosmopolitan UK confirms, however, that there is no such audition. The outlet further verifies with the movie’s producer, David Heyman, that ”Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” is still in its early stages. Casting calls should be announced later in the year.

The upcoming movie based on the book takes place 80 years before Harry Potter and his friends, Hermione, and Ron, attended the Hogwarts School for Wizards. The adaptation to the big screen will be helmed by David Yates, who has already directed four films in the “Harry Potter” franchise. J.K. Rowling, the book’s author, also wrote the script.

Aside from Matt Smith, who is best known for his work as the eleventh Time Lord on BBC’s “Doctor Who,” there have been reports that “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch may also be attached to the project.

But If Smith isn’t going to be part of “Fantastic Beasts,” his fans can still look forward to watching him on Ryan Gosling’s first directorial vehicle “Lost River,” where he’s playing the bad guy, and “Terminator: Genisys,” where he’s rumored to be playing a cold and cunning antagonist cyborg. These roles are a big departure from his good-natured character in the “Doctor Who” series.

We’ll be keeping tabs of the development of this “Harry Potter” prequel. So, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the news.

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