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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore premiere sees Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law attend

Eddie Redmayne was every inch the suave screen hero as he led the star-studded arrivals for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore at London‘s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday.

The actor, who plays the heroic wizard Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off series, cut a dapper figure as he graced the red carpet alongside his co-stars Jude Law and Mads Mikkelson.

Fantastic Beasts’ release has been marred by a string of controversies in recent months including Johnny Depp being dropped from the film in the wake of his legal woes, writer JK Rowling facing heavy criticism for her comments about the transgender community, and star Ezra Miller’s arrest at a bar in Hawaii.

Sharp: He was joined by co-star Jude Law, who plays a younger incarnation of Albus Dumbledore in the film series

Leading men! Eddie Redmayne (left) was every inch the suave hero as he joined co-star Jude Law (right) leading the star-studded arrivals for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore at London ‘s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesda

Eddie opted for a sharp black suit with a slightly longer jacket, teamed with a crisp white shirt and an enlarged white flower pinned on his lapel.

The star was accompanied by his wife Hannah Bagshawe for the red carpet, with the brunette opting for a dramatic pale blue dress with a layered skirt, teamed with chunky black lace-up boots.

Meanwhile Jude opted for a more casual ensemble, opted for a pale pink suit jacket and grey trousers, teamed with a camel scarf and a white t-shirt.

Date night: The star was accompanied by his wife Hannah Bagshawe for the red carpet

Gorgeous: The brunette opted for a dramatic pale blue dress with a layered skirt, teamed with chunky black lace-up boots

Date night: The star was accompanied by his wife Hannah Bagshawe for the red carpet, with the brunette opting for a dramatic pale blue dress with a layered skirt, teamed with chunky black lace-up boots

Tom Felton was among one of the first stars arriving on the red carpet, as he hosted proceedings. 

The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, grabbed a quick selfie with fans as he arrived to front the red carpet coverage.

Sporting a midnight blue suit, Tom was greeted by an army of fans as he arrived to present the star-studded red carpet event, briefly pausing to snap a selfie with a fan. 

Suited and booted: Tom Felton was among one of the first stars arriving to host the premiere for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore on London's Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday

Suited and booted: Tom Felton was among one of the first stars arriving to host the premiere for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore on London’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday

Entrance: The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, took to the red carpet

Arriving: He took to the red carpet as he prepared to host the star-studded event

Entrance: The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, took to the red carpet as he prepared to host the star-studded event

Say cheese! Sporting a midnight blue suit, Tom was greeted by an army of fans as he arrived to present the star-studded red carpet event, briefly pausing to snap a selfie with a fan

Say cheese! Sporting a midnight blue suit, Tom was greeted by an army of fans as he arrived to present the star-studded red carpet event, briefly pausing to snap a selfie with a fan

Also in attendance was JK Rowling, who penned the iconic book series which sparked the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series, and she cut a glamorous figure in a form-fitting navy blue gown.

The dress boasted a sparkling silver diamante neckline and a dramatic thigh-high split, and flowed into a matching cape, with JK among the first stars to arrive for the red carpet.

In recent months, JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans.

Stunning: Also in attendance was JK Rowling, who penned the iconic book series which sparked the Fantastic Beasts spin-off

Gorgeous: She cut a glamorous figure in a form-fitting navy blue gown

Stunning: Also in attendance was JK Rowling, who penned the iconic book series which sparked the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series, and she cut a glamorous figure in a form-fitting navy blue gown

Stunning: The dress boasted a sparkling silver diamante neckline and a dramatic thigh-high split, and flowed into a matching cape, with JK among the first stars to arrive for the red carpet

Stunning: The dress boasted a sparkling silver diamante neckline and a dramatic thigh-high split, and flowed into a matching cape, with JK among the first stars to arrive for the red carpet

Outrage: In recent months, JK's statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans

Outrage: In recent months, JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans

Backlash: The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex

Hitting out: She criticised an opinion piece that used the term 'people who menstruate' instead of women

Backlash: The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex, criticising an opinion piece that used the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women 

The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex leading to backlash and a subsequent ‘cancellation’ from the trans community.

In June 2020, she took to Twitter to criticise an opinion piece that used the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women. She then continued with a thread discussing biological sex.

She later clarified that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,’ and went on to say she would march ‘if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.

Speaking out: She later clarified that she respects 'every trans person's rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them'

Defending herself: She went on to say she would march 'if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans'

Speaking out: She later clarified that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,’ and went on to say she would march ‘if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans’

Claims: 'At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,' she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. 'I do not believe it's hateful to say so'

Claims: ‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,’ she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. ‘I do not believe it’s hateful to say so’

‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,’ she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. ‘I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.’

Then, in September 2020, she faced renewed calls of transphobia after it was revealed the the villain in her latest book, Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – is a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to slay his victims.

In the wake of these remarks, Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films, criticised the author.

Sharp: The Secrets Of Dumbledore's director David Yates also put on a sharp display as he arrived for the star-studded red carpet launch, ahead of the film's UK release on Friday, April 8

Sharp: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’s director David Yates also put on a sharp display as he arrived for the star-studded red carpet launch, ahead of the film’s UK release on Friday, April 8

Family trip: Producer David Heyman was joined by his wife Rose Uniacke, and their son, for the film's premiere

Family trip: Producer David Heyman was joined by his wife Rose Uniacke, and their son, for the film’s premiere

In December, Rowling was once again forced to deny that she is transphobic as she argued for sex, not gender identity, to be the ‘basis of decisions on safeguarding’.

Last week, Rowling also accused Labour of cancelling women on International Women’s Day after their Shadow Equalities Minister refused to give the Party’s definition for ‘female’.

Anneliese Dodds said it ‘depends on what the context is’ when asked for the definition by BBC presenter Emma Barnett on Woman’s Hour.

Reacting to the comments, Rowling, 56, posted: ‘Someone please send the Shadow Minister for Equalities a dictionary and a backbone. #HappyInternationalWomensDay’

She continued in a series of tweets: ‘Apparently, under a Labour government, today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day.’

Alongside criticising Dodds’ comment, Rowling also tweeted a picture of SNP MP Joanna Cherry alongside the caption: ‘This is what a woman who owns a dictionary and a backbone looks like.’ 

Flaunt it! The singer showed off her cleavage in the perilously plunging red gown

Flaunt it! The singer showed off her cleavage in the perilously plunging red gown

Vamping it up: Designer Alexa Rabago set pulses racing in a form-fitting black gown adorned with a beaded detailing

Stunning: The dress boasted a flowing cape and train

Vamping it up: Designer Alexa Rabago set pulses racing in a form-fitting black gown adorned with a beaded detailing, and a flowing cape and train

The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series sees Newt Scamander assemble a motley crew of wizards and witches to try and save the world. 

The team Newt and Dumbledore have put together to include Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), professor Eulalie ‘Lallie’ Hicks (Jessica Williams), Minerva McGonagall (Fionna Glascott), and Muggle baker Jacob (Dan Fogler).

The motley crew will be joining forces to take on the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who seeks domination over the wizarding world. 

Mads Mikkelsen is set to take over the villainous role after replacing Johnny Depp.

Dramatic: The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series sees Newt Scamander assemble a motley crew of wizards and witches to try and save the world

Dramatic: The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series sees Newt Scamander assemble a motley crew of wizards and witches to try and save the world

Anticipated: Jude will once again reprise his role as a younger incarnation of Dumbledore

Anticipated: Jude will once again reprise his role as a younger incarnation of Dumbledore

Moving on: Mads Mikkelsen is set to replace Johnny Depp in the film series as the villainous Grindewald

Ditched: Depp was dropped from the series in the wake of his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard

Moving on: Mads Mikkelsen (left in the film’s trailer) is set to replace Johnny Depp (right) in the film series as the villainous Grindewald, after the actor was dropped from the series in the wake of his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard

It was announced in 2020 that the 56-year-old Danish actor would be replacing Johnny, 58, as the dark wizard after he was denied permission to appeal his libel loss in the High Court, after they found a story that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard to be ‘substantially true.’ 

Masrecently admitted he regrets not speaking to Johnny before taking over the role, adding that he didn’t know if his treatment had been fair.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said: ‘I don’t know what happened [in his private life] and I don’t know if it was fair, him losing the job, but I just knew that the show was going on.

‘And I would’ve loved to have talked to him about it if I had the chance, but I just don’t know him in that sense.’

Going on to reveal he would be putting his own spin on the iconic role, he added: ‘My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we’ll have to wait for the film’s release to find out.’

The Danish star officially replaced Johnny as Gellert in the third Fantastic Beasts movie after the latter took to Instagram to reveal he had ‘been asked to resign by Warner Bros’.

Mads was said to be the top choice of director David Yates as the studio had waited to see how Johnny’s defamation lawsuit against The Sun would pan out.

When a British judge ruled in favor of the publication – which Johnny had sued for referring to him as a ‘wife-beater’ in regards to his relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard – Warner Bros. decided to sever ties with the veteran actor.

The Edwards Scissorhands star had only shot one scene of the sequel, though his ‘pay-or-play’ contract allows him to keep the full $10 million he was paid for the role.

The actor also has a defamation lawsuit against Amber in Virginia, which required him to be in court for three consecutive days in November, and would have also altered the project’s shooting schedule. 

The studio notified the production that the Kentucky-native was taken off the schedule on November 5, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a day before Depp made his resignation public.

The studio released a brief statement shortly thereafter, indicating that the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be re-cast.

‘Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,’ the statement began.

‘Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022,’ the statement concluded. 

Johnny debuted as Grindelwald with a surprise cameo at the end of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

He returned to star alongside Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is set to hit UK cinemas on April 8 2022 with a US release following a week later on April 15.

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