Everyone raise a Butterbeer and welcome Jessica Williams into the wizarding world! Pottermore has confirmed that the ‘Daily Show’ alum has been cast in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ sequel in an unknown role.
Williams is best known for her time as a correspondent on ‘The Daily Show’ and for co-hosting the podcast ‘2 Dope Queens, ‘ which is soon to be made into a TV special. Earlier this year, she earned her first starring role in the Netflix comedy ‘The Incredible Jessica James.’
Williams is a self-proclaimed ‘Harry Potter’ super fan, and over the last year, she and J.K. Rowling have struck up a fast friendship. Earlier this summer, they even celebrated their shared birthday together, and Rowling congratulated Williams for joining the cast on Twitter. Where can I get in on this friendship?
HELLO THERE. I AM SCREAMING BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE IN FANTASTIC BEASTS. 😩😃😃 https://t.co/k4UAT9y5gc
— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) October 6, 2017
Other cast announcements include Brontis Jodorowsky, who will be playing familiar ‘Harry Potter’ character Nicolas Flamel. Flamel was first introduced in ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ (‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ for those of us across the pond), as the alchemist who discovered how to use the stone to create the Elixir of Life. He was close friends with Albus Dumbledore, who will also play a role in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel played by Jude Law.
Pottermore has also revealed a few other actors and character names: Wolf Roth as Spielman, Victoria Yeates as Bunty, Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers, Poppy Corby-Tuech as Roseri, Cornell S. John as Arnold Guzman, and Fiona Glascott as a yet unnamed character. Fans may remember Travers and Rosier as the surnames of two Death Eaters who served Voldemort in the original series.
The ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel picks up where the last one left off, with Eddie Redmayne set to return as magizoologist Newt Scamander. Also on board to return are Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, and Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery. The plot follows Newt as he teams up with his former professor Dumbledore (Law) to battle against the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
There are five films planned in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise and David Yates is returning to direct the second film. The second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ will hit theaters November 16, 2018.