Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has found its Queenie.
American singer-songwriter Alison Sudol – who has starred in Transparent, Dig and CSI:NY – has been cast alongside Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterson in the new JK Rowling movie.
The 30-year-old will make her feature film debut as Queenie, the younger sister of Waterson’s character Porpentina.
Set in New York City around 70 years before the Boy Who Lived’s well-known story begins, Fantastic Beasts is “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series.”
The film, which is JK Rowling’s screenwriting debut, is based on a Hogwart’s textbook of the same name, which details 75 magical species found around the world and contains the history of Magizoology. Exact plot details are scarce, but the movie could follow Newt as he travels the world and meets all kinds of wild and wonderful beings.
Sudol is clearly chuffed about her new role. She posted an image of JK Rowling’s novel on Instagram a few hours ago, with the caption “simply magic”, before sharing a cute picture summing up her reaction on Twitter:
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