Posted Feb 21, 2006 in Movies.
There are currently no plans for Gary Oldman to appear in the upcoming Potter film. We confirm that no negotiations are taking place. We confirm once again that Mr. Oldman is actively seeking other employment.
The public comments of the Potter producers are puzzling and also misleading.
Today we take the further step of noting that it does not look likely that Mr. Oldman will once again play the role of Sirius Black. For reasons known only to the producers of the Potter film, Mr. Oldman has not been engaged. As we approach the beginning of March we are in the “window of commitments” wherein virtually any job accepted would render Mr. Oldman unavailable for this film. The producers, we presume, are well aware of how this all works. While one does not want to jump to wrong conclusions, there is a growing sense that it was never the intention for them to have Mr. Oldman return.
What are the producers playing at? Oldman's performance was exactly as I had imagined it when reading the book, and it is difficult to imagine someone doing a better job. They simply must get their collective acts together and contact Mr. Oldman in a timely fashion, apologize for the confusion, and beg him to return.