Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne has joined “Harry Potter” himself, Daniel Radcliffe, in condemning JK Rowling’s recent transphobic social media posts, according to The Guardian. Redmayne – who played Lili Elbe in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl (2015), the first known person to undergo sex reassignment surgery – says, “Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself.” Similarly, Radcliffe says, “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations, who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
Fantastic Beasts 3, the working title at Warner Bros. for the third installment in their Harry Potter spinoff franchise, will eschew France in favor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to Vulture. The film was announced a year after the release of David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) and will begin production in spring 2020, with J.K. Rowling slated to write the script for this entry as well. Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler are all scheduled to reprise their roles, with Jessica Williams’s part as Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks expanded.