‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Casts Jessica Williams

Former “The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams has joined the Warner Bros.’ sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The studio has also cast Brontis Jodorowsky as Nicolas Flamel, known in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world as an  alchemist who discovered the Elixir of Life. Other newly announced cast members include Fiona Glascott, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech and Cornell S. John.

The untitled sequel has been dated for a release on Nov. 16, 2018. David Yates, who directed “Fantastic Beasts” and the final four Harry Potter installments, is returning to helm the second film in the Harry Potter prequel series from a script by Harry Potter creator Rowling. She revealed a year ago that the spinoff franchise would consist of five films.

Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram are producing. The film will see the return of stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, Dan Fogler as Jacob, Ezra Miller as Credence, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

Previously announced additions include Callum Turner as Newt’s older brother Theseus Scamander along with Jude Law as Aldus Dumbledore. Filming began in July.

The first film, set in the 1920s in New York City, was released last November and grossed $814 million worldwide. Warner Bros. has not yet revealed when third, fourth and fifth films will be released.

The specifics of Williams role have not been disclosed. She starred in the Netflix movie “The Incredible Jessica James,” which was released in July. Williams is represented by UTA and B Company.

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