Eddie Redmayne Named Ambassador of U.K. Film Charity

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Into Film, which helps children aged 5-19, was launched last year.

Later this month he’ll be donning the robes of Newt Scamander as production on the first Harry Potter spinoff — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — gets underway.

But before then, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is embarking on a more charitable endeavor, having been revealed as the new ambassador for U.K.-based charity Into Film.

Supported by the British Film Institute, Into Film looks to help children and young people aged 5-19 by placing film at the heart of their education and personal development. Redmayne first encountered the charity’s work at the organization's launch event last year.

"I went to the Westminster Academy last year with Into Film and saw firsthand the impact that all aspects film can have on young people — the power to inspire, connect and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us,” Redmayne said in a statement.

“I absolutely loved the day. It was wonderful to meet so many young, galvanized people who were all keen to find out more about the filmmaking process. I hope through being an ambassador for Into Film I am able to help raise awareness of how film can contribute to their cultural and creative lives.”

Meanwhile, the cast for Fantastic Beasts is continuing to expand. On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Colin Farrell was joining the film, playing a wizard that Redmayne's Scamander meets in New York.

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