Fantastic Beasts Sequel Adds Jessica Williams to the Cast

Principal photography began July 3 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire

By Zach Johnson Oct 06, 2017 6:00 PMTags
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It's a good time to be Harry Potter superfan Jessica Williams.

Pottermore announced Friday that the Daily Show alum has been cast in an undisclosed role in Warner Bros.' untitled Fantastic Beasts sequel. "HELLO THERE," she tweeted after the news came out. "I AM SCREAMING BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE IN FANTASTIC BEASTS." Screenwriter J.K. Rowling said she is "soooooo happy" for the actress, and after Williams thanked her three times, the author responded with an owl emoji, explaining, "There's no purple heron emoji, so."

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Fans will also get to see Brontis Jodorowsky as alchemist Nicolas Flamel, a character first mentioned in Rowling's debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Addtionally, Derek Riddell has been cast as Torquil Travers and Poppy Corby-Tuech has been cast as Rosier; their characters' surnames belong to Death Eaters who served Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.

In April, Jude Law joined the ensemble as Albus Dumbledore.

Here's a who's who guide to the untitled sequel:

Eddie Redmayne

As Newt Scamander

Katherine Waterston

As Tina Goldstein

Dan Fogler

As Jacob Kowalski

Alison Sudol

As Queenie Goldstein

Jude Law

As Albus Dumbledore

Carmen Ejogo

As Seraphina Picquery

Johnny Depp

As Gellert Grindelwald

Zoë Kravitz

As Leta Lestrange

Brontis Jodorowsky

As Nicholas Flamel

Jessica Williams

As an undisclosed character

Derek Riddell

As Torquil Travers

Fiona Glascott

As an undisclosed character

Cornell S. John

As Arnold Guzman

Victoria Yeates

As Bunty

Wolf Roth

As Spielman

Poppy Corby-Tuech

As Rosier

Callum Turner

As Theseus Scamander

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts series, released in 2016, earned more than $813 million at the global box office. David Yates is returning to direct the next installment, slated for theatrical release on Nov. 16, 2018; it will be the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts films.

Principal photography began July 3 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire.