Jessica Williams Cast in Unspecified Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Sequel Role

Comedian Jessica Williams and son of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, and more have joined the cast of Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Pottermore reported on several castings today, surprising fans. They write, “Actor and comedian Jessica Williams, best known for her work on The Daily Show, and Fiona Glascott have also been cast in the film, but their roles haven’t been revealed.” Safe to say Williams is excited.

But there’s more! Brontis Jodorowsky, who began acting at a very young age thanks to his father’s work on an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune that never saw the light of day (you can hear him speak of the trying experience in the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune), has been cast as alchemist Nicolas Flamel. The character was mentioned heavily in Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but never seen.

Pottermore added a few more names to the cast which already boasts new additions of Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander:

So far, only a few names have been revealed, but some surnames will be familiar to Harry Potter fans. Joining the cast will be Wolf Roth as a character called Spielman; Call the Midwife star Victoria Yeates as Bunty; Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier; and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman. The names ‘Travers’ and ‘Rosier’ stand out in particular; these last names turn up in the Harry Potter series and belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

The cast of the first film is also set to return: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, and Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery. David Yates is directing and the film is set to be released November 16, 2018.

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  • How about it’s not a character completely obscured by makeup and/or CGI, huh?

    Considering this is a period piece, and I’ve no idea how well integrated the Wizarding World was back then, I suspect this may not be the case.