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Last minute negotiations ink Gary Oldman for Phoenix

Gary Oldman's management company confirmed today that Gary is set to reprise his role as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is currently filming.

Gary's fan site originally made the announcement this morning, and later HPANA confirmed the info in a phone call to Douglas Urbanski, Gary's outspoken manager.

Mr. Urbanski told HPANA, "I'm so relieved and happy. I can't put my mind in the place of the producers, but I would've thought that when they read the book, a call to us would've been very high on their list. Obviously, the character of Sirius Black is key."

Mr. Urbanski said he was baffled by the months-long silence from Warner Bros, and that Gary had other job offers, and he was very close to taking one.

"Last week, we told them that Gary had another movie, and it was just a question of doing a deal," he said.

However, there seem to be no hard feelings. Mr. Urbanski called his negotiations this morning with producer David Heyman, "the most mature, simple and friendly negotiation that I've ever done."

Mr. Urbanksi also told HPANA, "It's a wonderful role. Gary read the script last night, and he read part of it to me on the phone this morning. The end of the story is: Gary's in it. It's a terrific script, and he's so happy to be back."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2007.

[info thanks to HPANA]

Published March 21, 2006

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