"Dig" Series New York Series PremiereThe ensemble of upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is shaping up nicely, with another key role cast.

Variety reports that actress Alison Sudol has landed the part of Queenie, and will make her feature debut in "Fantastic Beasts." Sudol, known more for her music as part of the band A Fine Frenzy, has been making waves on the small screen in recent months, thanks to appearances on shows such as "Transparent" and "Dig."

Now, Sudol will star alongside Katherine Waterston (who just nabbed the part of main love interest Tina) as a pair of sisters living in New York City who meet magizoologist Newt Scamander on his quest to document magical species across the globe for the film's titular textbook. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is playing Scamander in the story, set some 70 years before the events of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

According to Variety's report, Sudol and Waterston both tested for the part of Queenie, before Waterston was tapped to play Tina instead. They both beat out a bevvy of actresses vying for the roles.

Another interesting beat from Variety's story is that an additional main male role still needs to be cast, and two high-profile actors are currently in contention. Both Josh Gad and John Krasinski are reportedly in the mix to play a character called Jacob, and producers are expected to make a decision in the next few days.

Combine this stellar ensemble with the intrigue over the location of the American Hogwarts, and the existing magic of "Potter," and "Fantastic Beasts" definitely has the potential to live up to its superlative title. We can't wait.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is due in theaters on November 18, 2016.

[via: Variety]

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