Fantastic Beasts 3 Star Eddie Redmayne Defends J.K. Rowling Following Anti-Trans Controversy

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There is little doubt that most of the Harry Potter stars disagree with J.K. Rowling after she revealed her views about trans people on Twitter. Nevertheless, that didn't stop Eddie Redmayne from trying to reach out to the author. A new report reveals that the Fantastic Beasts 3 star wrote a letter to Rowling after the anti-trans backlash.

The Daily Mail recently covered Redmayne's upcoming new film The Trial of the Chicago 7 but not surprisingly, the report also discussed Fantastic Beasts 3. In the report, Redmayne pointed out that he stood up for trans rights after Rowling's comments since he has several "trans friends and colleagues" who are "having their human rights challenged around the world and facing discrimination on a daily basis."

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Interestingly, the report also stated that "he was alarmed by the 'vitriol' hurled at [Rowling] on social media, which he termed 'absolutely disgusting', and which prompted him to write her a private note."

While he is somehow supportive of Rowling because of the backlash, Redmayne continues to fight for trans people, noting that they are exposed to the same kind of cruelty on social media.

"Similarly, there continues to be a hideous torrent of abuse towards trans people online and out in the world that is devastating," Redmayne said.

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For now, Redmayne continues to work on Fantastic Beasts 3 which is still in production. The film is still scheduled for release on November 12, 2021.

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