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Nighy is Scrimgeour in HARRY POTTER 7

Bill Nighy lands a role in Deathly Hallows.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 01, 2009
Source: The Independent

Bill Nighy leads his vampire army against the Lycans in UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS(2009).
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Looks like Harry Potter fans could be getting their wish in regards to a certain casting announcement for Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Ever since Wizard Entertainment asked director David Yates whether Bill Nighy would make for a good Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Potter fans have been eagerly awaiting whether he would get the part.

While the Rufus role wasn't written into the upcoming sixth installment, which hits theaters in two weeks, Potter sites haven't given up hope that he can take the role in the seventh installment. For his part, Bill Nighy confirmed a few times that he would love to play the part as well.

And it now seems that he could be getting the part.

In an interview with the British website, The Independent, Nighy confirmed his recent casting in the "Deathly Hallows" duology.

"I don't think I'm allowed to say it but I'm going to be in the next Harry Potter film," he tells us. "I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just got the gig." If you don't mind us saying, it's about time, Bill. The rangy actor has been dropping hints for aeons, once complaining that he was "the only British actor who hasn't been in Harry Potter". 

While he can't announce that he's playing new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in the final film, Potter websites like The Leaky Cauldron are reporting that's the role he will be taking.

Production is underway on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 under the direction of David Yates, based on a screenplay by Steven Kloves.

iTunes has also released a new 2-minute clip for the sixth installment. You can check it out here.

Part 1 will hit theaters November 19, 2010.

Part 2 will hit theaters July 15, 2011.



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hanso 7/1/2009 8:31:52 AM

So now all british actors have been cast in Harry Potter.

almostunbiased 7/1/2009 9:24:04 AM

Sounds like it, hanso.  And I'm glad he is.  I think he's great.

fft5305 7/1/2009 9:32:27 AM

Nah. There are one or two still out there.  For instance, there's.... ummm.... Oh, you know, what's his name... Hmm. Maybe not.

almostunbiased 7/1/2009 10:08:41 AM

Oh I thought of one:  Roddy McDowall, oh wait . . . he's dead.  Never mind.

almostunbiased 7/1/2009 10:10:33 AM

Oh Oh, Sir Laurence Olivier!  Oh wait . . . darn it, he's dead too.

almostunbiased 7/1/2009 10:11:58 AM

Richard Burton, Oh crap . . . DEAD!

almostunbiased 7/1/2009 10:12:23 AM

Nope, Nighy is right.

swisshammer 7/1/2009 12:32:01 PM

What about Sir Richard Attenborough? He's not dead. At least not physically.

Tonebone 7/1/2009 1:58:51 PM

I wouldn't necessarily call Scrimgeour a goodie (if he meant it in that context). He's kind of an ass who does redeem himself in DH. However, why was he not in Half Blood Prince? The relationship established betweeen he and Harry in HBP is important to his actions in DH. Unless it all will be smushed into the last movie(s)

ZL1FIREPOWER 7/1/2009 2:30:30 PM

Another good addition to a really good movie franchise.  All the movies I've watched that had Bill Nighy in them I've enjoyed.  I think he's a pretty good actor.

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