Bill Nighy Cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
No, not the science guy! British actor Bill Nighy told the UK newspaper The Independent that he has joined the cast of the currently in-production Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "I don't think I'm allowed to say it but I'm going to be in the next Harry Potter film," he told them. "I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just got the gig." Turning turn our friends at The Leaky Cauldron, they claim that Nighy will be playing Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. Considering they are the utmost authority on all things Harry Potter on the world wide web, I trust that information is accurate, at least for now.
In the Harry Potter universe, Rufus Scrimgeour eventually becomes the Minister for Magic succeeding Cornelius Fudge (starting after Half-Blood Prince). Before being selected as minister, Scrimgeour headed the Auror Office of the Ministry and he is heavily battle-scarred from his years of service as an Auror, giving him an appearance of shrewd toughness. Sounds like somewhat of the perfect role for Bill Nighy. I'm sure the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is growing by the dozen every week. What beloved British actor wouldn't want to be a part of what is sure to be one of the biggest cinematic events in our history?
For now, our focus is on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which hits theaters in just a few weeks. I'm hoping it at least sets the course for one hell of an epic two-part conclusion with Deathly Hallows.