J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter stage play

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(USA TODAY) -- Harry Potter is the boy who lived - in books, on screen and, soon, on stage.

J.K. Rowling will produce a play based on the boy wizard's life before heading to Hogwarts, according to the Associated Press.

In a statement released Friday, the author said the production will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast," living in the muggle world.

Though she will not be writing the script, Rowling will work along with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender as co-producer and will work with the writer, whom has not yet been chosen, according to the AP.

Rowling said she's received many stage pitches concerning the magical world of Harry Potter, but Friedman and Callender's imagination of it "was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage. After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phrase," reports the Daily Mail. The play is expected to premiere in London's West End within the next two years.

The author, whose books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and have spawned eight successful movie adaptations, has also recently said she plans to bring a Potter-inspired film to life: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a Hogwarts textbook of the same name.

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