There are plenty of established A-listers in the soon-to-be-released Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne to In Bruges' Colin Farrell. But there's one massively talented main player we wanted to draw your eye towards in the form of Alison Sudol – here's what you need to know about her.
She plays Queenie Goldstein in the movie
J.K. Rowling's fantastical Harry Potter prequel whisks us into the magical environment of 1920s New York, a dazzling landscape dotted with witches, wizards, magizoologists and no-maj's (that's essentially the Fantastic Beasts version of a Muggle). One of said witches is the aforementioned Queenie, roommate of Newt Scamander's (Redmayne) sidekick and eventual love interest Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston).
As the shared surname makes clear, the two are sisters and their "deep bond", as Sudol describes it, promises to blossom further in later movies (remember, there are going to be five of them in total).
Her witch is unlike any you've ever seen
"She’s basically a complete and utter magical empath," she tells EW. "She’s able to read people — so it’s not just reading somebody’s thoughts. She’s can read into someone’s story, she can see people’s goals. And so even though she’s able to do magic with her wand, a lot of her magic is actually internal, which makes her a different type of wizard or witch. And she’s incredibly fun, playful, joyful, and free-spirited, kind and wise, and also has a sort of stillness about her because she’s always tuning into people, so she’s quite an interesting character to play — very vivacious and lively, yet very centred and aware."
However Alison is most famous for something else entirely...
The Seattle-born writer and actress is best-known as hit-making alternative musician and pianist A Fine Frenzy. Having debuted her first album 'One Cell in the Sea' in 2007, Alison has subsequently sold more than 650,000 albums through Europe and America. Her most recent album, 'Pines', was released in 2012. Check out her single 'Almost Lover' below.
What's in a name?
If you're wondering where 'A Fine Frenzy' comes from and what it means, well it stems from the phrase "in a fine frenzy rolling" from Act V, Scene I of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. We're sure J.K. Rowling would herself approve of that connection.
She's cast a spell over many a soundtrack
Alison's music has graced hit films and TV series' including Steve Carell drama Dan in Real Life ('Fever'), The Vampire Diaries ('Ashes and Wine') and Zac Efron/Nicholas Sparks weepie The Lucky One ('What I Wouldn't Do').
Although Alison hasn't contributed to the first Fantastic Beasts soundtrack, we can surely hold out hope for the sequels!