Over the weekend, the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer landed online after debuting at the Comic-Con in San Diego. It gave us an extended look at the Harry Potter prequel with plenty more footage of the film’s protagonist, Eddie Redmayne. And it’s Redmayne who has stood out amongst many fans as they see the trailer as his audition for the role of the next Doctor in BBC’s sci-fi series.
The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is expected to leave next year which would open the door for Redmayne. And that’s exactly who fans want to see in the role, as they took to twitter to campaign for Redmayne (#CampaignForRedmayne) after he showed similarities to the Doctor in the latest Fantastic Beasts trailer:
— Luke Spillane 🚀 (@lukespillane) July 23, 2016
— Danielle Petit (@patientxzero) July 23, 2016
I swear Eddie Redmayne is playing a Harry Potter equivalent of the Doctor. https://t.co/PtywUkdfZb
— -𝐉𝐀𝐌𝐈𝐄- (@AMadmanNotABox) July 24, 2016
Why do I feel like Eddie Redmayne’s performance in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is his audition for the Doctor?
— S. Jae-Jones (JJ)⁷ (@sjaejones) July 23, 2016
Redmayne’s character Newt seems to have comparable personality traits and even dresses in a similar vain to the Doctor, while his method of storage is a magical briefcase that is “way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside”. In other words, he has his own Tardis. So you can certainly see why Redmayne is being pipped to play the 13th Doctor. The hard truth is though, that the oscar-winning actor is probably too big in Hollywood now to take on the role, but that won’t stop fans demanding it.
You can see Redmayne’s full ‘Doctor audition’ when Fantastic Beasts hits screens on November 18.