9:11am PT by Ashley Lee, Aaron Couch
Jessica Williams Joins 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel
Jessica Williams has joined Warner Bros.' sequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.
Brontis Jodorowsky, Fiona Glascott, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech and Cornell S John have also signed on for the follow-up, it was announced on Pottermore.
David Yates, who also helmed four Harry Potter installments, is returning to direct the second film of the Harry Potter prequel series, which is planned to span five movies and feature screenplays by author J.K. Rowling. The first film was released in November 2016 and grossed $814 million worldwide.
Eddie Redmayne — who stars in the series as a 1920s magizoologist named Newt Scamander — Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo and Johnny Depp will reprise their roles in the sequel. The previously announced additions include Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, Callum Turner as Newt's brother Theseus and Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, who was introduced in the first film via a photograph.
The newly announced roles of Williams — a breakout of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart who starred in the Netflix film The Incredible Jessica James — and Glascott have not yet been revealed, but Jodorowsky will play Nicolas Flamel, an alchemist originally mentioned in the original Harry Potter books and films.
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. The names "Travers" and "Rosier" stand out, as they turn up in the Harry Potter series and belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is set for release Nov. 16, 2018. Williams is represented by UTA and B Company.