Gary Oldman in Order of the Pheonix
After some time of not knowing if Gary Oldman would reprise his role in the new Harry Potter film, Order of the Pheonix, it appears he's just been confirmed for the role. Quite frankly there's no real surprise, how could they have replaced the actor, and if they weren't going to replace him they'd have had to drop the charcter from the story...not impossible, but not likely.
The news comes from Rope of Silicon. His agent said...
"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. Since they had no option for Gary on this film, he was a free agent. Last week, we told them that Gary had another movie, and it was just a question of doing a deal," he said.
Of the negotiations this morning with producer David Heyman, Urbanski said: "It was the most mature, simple and friendly negotiation that I've ever done."
"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."
Sounds like it was a sweet deal, "I've got another film and I know I'm integral", "Okay, here's wads of cash", "Done". Not having read the book myself I can't really say how important he is to the story, but I liked seeing his character in the earlier films, and I doubt I won't enjoy him in the new ones...and the news came on his Birthday too, nice present!