I’m surprised it took this long for a Harry Potter spinoff to happen. The films were ridiculously popular and the story lends itself to further exploration quite well. Fantastic Beasts is the title of the spinoff being worked on now, although we don’t know much about it.
Producer David Heyman said this about Fantastic Beasts, “It’s funny, it’s vivid, it’s exciting. It’s filled with all the hallmarks of [Rowling’s] incredible imagination.” Thats about all we know about the film.
However The Sun (by way of MTV News) has reported that Matt Smith, best known as the 11th Doctor in Doctor Who, has been “tipped for the role” of Newt Scamander in the film. Scamander is said to be a “magizooligist” in J.K. Rowling’s film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Apart from that Irish Examiner states Smith is said to be the “favorite” for the role.
Of course Matt Smith is a fan favorite in fantasy as well after his memorable role in Doctor Who. A petition on Change.org has already been set up by fans to help get him the role in Fantasic Beasts. We’ll just have to wait and see if it happens.