Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has confirmed that he has no plans to reprise his role as Harry Potter in the forthcoming spin-off.
“Needless to say I wouldn’t be involved, and I guess none of the others will be, but I know nothing about it,” said Radcliffe at the launch of Sky's new drama season.
Author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. made the announcement last week to extend the franchise with a new film series based on the adventures of Newt Scamander, the fictitious author of the renowned Hogwarts textbook (and real book) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The first film in Fantastic Beasts will be set in New York City, 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. So even if the demand was high for Radcliffe's return, Harry would not have even been alive.
On a positive note, Radcliffe's career is on fire. He had three films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and he is set to return to television with a second series of Sky Arts' A Young Doctor's Notebook.
As much as we love him in the role of the boy wizard, we've got to admire Radcliffe's determination to challenge himself in various roles and not fall trap to typecasting.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will mark Rowling's debut as a screenwriter. A production start date has yet to be announced.