Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Casts Jessica Williams

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Casts Jessica Williams

Additionally, Jude Law is on board to play young Dumbledore and (sigh), Johnny Depp will return to play Grindelwald.

Oscar victor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars once more as wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander; alongside Katherine Waterston as Auror Tina Goldstein; Alison Sudol as her sister, Queenie Goldstein; and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, the only No-Maj in the foursome. Williams, meanwhile, will be getting her big break as well after acclaim from her work on The Daily Show and the Netflix original film The Incredible Jessica James. And Pottermore has just announced several exciting new additions to the cast.

"Fantastic Beasts 2" - which will reveal its official title later - will be set in 1927, months after Newt helped in the capture of Grindelwald, and set in London, Paris, and NY. Flamel is known for his relationship to the Philosopher's Stone (both the book and the actual stone), as it is believed he used it to create the Elixir of Life, a potion that extends the lifespan of the drinker. Williams posted a photo of them hanging out together on Instagram with an emotional caption, which said in part, "Obviously we all know that I've been a Harry Potter nut since I was 10 years old so I was very nervous to meet one of my sheroes for the first time.So I hung out with Jojo and was relieved that we got on verrrrry well and I was so stoked because meeting your heroes can be a real toss up of either cupcakes or dog doodoo if you know what I mean". The names "Travers" and "Rosier" will be familiar to Harry Potter fans as they belonged to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

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J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Roth will play a character called Spielman; Call the Midwife star Yeates is playing Bunty; Derek Riddell will play Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech is playing Rosier; and Cornell S John is stepping into the shoes of Arnold Guzman. Flamel was also a close friend of Albus Dumbledore, and Dumbledore was the one who suggested Flamel to put the Sorcerer's Stone in Gringotts Wizarding Bank before Dumbledore moved the stone to Hogwarts for further protection. According to Pottermore, Grindelwald has been busy "gathering more followers to his cause - elevating wizards above all non-magical beings".

Arriving in theaters on November 16, 2018, the sequel will be directed by David Yates, with Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram producing.

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