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Just because it’s been a few years since we’ve set foot in the cinematic world of Harry Potter, don’t think for a minute fans aren’t eager to get back. While it won’t be exactly the same, there’s a lot of anticipation around the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The cast is coming together, and just added Alison Sudol as the character Queenie, described as one of the key roles.
According to Variety, Sudol, who is most known, as far as acting goes, for her roles on Amazon’s transgender comedy-drama Transparent and USA’s archaeological thriller Dig, will make her feature film debut with Fantastic Beasts. Her name has been linked to part for a minute, and she was reportedly the first choice of director David Yates.
Primarily recognized as a musician, performing under the moniker A Fine Frenzy, Sudol joins what is turning into an impressive cast. The call sheet already features Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne, Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston, and the Flash himself, or at least the big screen version, Ezra Miller.
A spinoff of Harry Potter, and based on the life of the author of one of the textbooks that Harry, Ron, and Hermione studied at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts also boasts a strong creative team. J.K. Rowling is handling the script, making her screenwriting debut by the way. With Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies—Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2—set to take the helm, the film should be in good hands.
While it isn’t a straight prequel, Fantastic Beasts is designed as an exploration of another part of the world that Rowling created in her books. Instead of taking place in England, it shows off the American side of the wizarding world, set in New York 70 years before Harry was even a twinkle in his parents’ eyes. It’s possible we could also see the American equivalent of Hogwarts.
The action follows Newt Scamander, a so-called magiczoologist, as he travels around cataloging all manner of strange and wonderful creatures that will ultimately form the basis of his book. In the course of his adventures in the Big Apple he encounters Tina (Waterston) and Sudol’s Queenie, Tina’s younger sister. He’ll also meet Kredan (Miller) in some capacity, and some sort of villainous foe named Jacob. That last role hasn’t been cast yet, but names like Josh Gad, John Krasinski, and Michael Cera have all been bandied about. Those are three potentially very different interpretations of the same character.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is already scheduled for a prime November 18, 2016 release, so you have to imagine we’ll hear about the rest of the casting before too long.