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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 GlascottWolf RothVictoria Yeates, Derek RiddellPoppy 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 »


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