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Harry Potter and the Sirius Mystery
by Adam Kane, Wizard News Wizard
On Monday, Wizard News was contacted by Gary Oldman's unofficial website GaryOldman.info with the news that his manager told them Gary is not yet confirmed to play Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which started shooting that day.
On Tuesday, several fan sites, including our respected colleagues over at HPANA were told by a representive of Warner Bros. that Gary Oldman was indeed signed to be in Order of the Phoenix, and expected him to be on the set in the summer.
Last night (Tuesday) Wizard News heard directly from Gary Oldman's manager, Douglas Urbanski. In his email to us, he said:
"At this time Gary Oldman is not set to appear in the next Potter film. We are as baffled as anyone that Warners has not yet engaged him and we are left with no choice but to pursue other employment for him. I cannot explain why the studio 'confirmed' his appearance, other than to guess that whoever confirmed it simply assumed Gary was in the film, and obviously made a mistake. My comment that appeared yesterday on a Gary Oldman fan site in response to an inquiry was true then and remains the case now."
Well, today, HPANA is reporting that they have double-confirmed with Warner Bros. that no agreement has yet been made for Gary Oldman to appear in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
We can only hope that the confusion on the part of the Warner Bros. spokesman yesterday was caused by their sincere desire that Gary Oldman would be in the movie, and whatever is currently holding that up from becoming a reality will be swiftly reconciled.
Stay tuned for chapter four of Harry Potter and the Sirius Mystery!
P.S.: There are some fan websites that don't think you should be hearing from all the parties involved in this controversy. But we at Wizard News believe that this is news, and you have a right to be able to read it. We have presented the facts in this matter to the best of our ability, and we trust you, our readers, to decide what's really going on.
Published February 8, 2006
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