After a career filled with indie dramas and historical epics, Eddie Redmayne is about to headline his first bona fide blockbuster film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film is a spin-off of the “Harry Potter” movies, set in the wizarding world of New York City decades before the adventures of Harry and company. But will this role measure up to the performances that came before? Vote in our poll below to let us know which Redmayne role you think was his very best.
In “Fantastic Beasts” Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a writer who studies magical creatures and would go on to write a textbook that Harry and his peers study decades late at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Redmayne is currently best known for a pair of roles that garnered Oscar attention for the actor. In 2014 he played real-life physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”; Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at a young age, which eventually led to paralysis, and the physical transformation Redmayne underwent won him the Oscar for Best Actor.
The very next year, in 2015, Redmayne transformed again for a biographical role, this time into transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, who was one of the first known recipients of gender confirmation surgery. He earned another Best Actor nomination for that performance.
But Redmayne had brushes with Oscar even before that: he starred alongside Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn” in 2011 and he was a member of the impressive ensemble of “Les Miserables” (2012), which won three Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture.
Is one of those Redmayne’s best role? Or perhaps an earlier performance from before he became a household name. Review his performances in the gallery above, and vote below.