Is Matt Smith Playing The Lead In The New Harry Potter Spinoff

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Could the Harry Potter Spinoff film Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them have found its Newt Scamander? We're taking this with a grain of salt for now, but there's some growing buzz that Matt Smith is interested in the part and or being sought for it.  

According to a report over at The Sun, the British thespian formerly known as the Eleventh Doctor on the long-running BBC series has been "tipped for the role" of Newt Scamander, the magizooligist in J.K. Rowling's screen adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Irish Examiner even reports that Smith is said to be the favorite for the role. 

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At this point, we only have the reports to go on. But it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility, as Math Smith is in the right age bracket for the part, more or less. Newt Scamander would have been in his twenties during the 1920's, which is when the Fantastic Beasts story is expected to be set. 

The story takes place 70 years before The Boy Who Lived entered the magical wizarding world of Hogwarts. 

Fantastic Beasts is set to begin filming this Summer in London, with David Yates at the helm. And is expected to arrive in theaters November 18, 2016.  

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