Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
June 30, 2009, 11:18 PM
Several weeks ago, as first heard exclusively on PotterCast, this editor brought the news that actor Bill Nighy had been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We are delighted to say that Bill Nighy, who will be taking on the part of Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour for the film, has made new comments about his upcoming appearance in the final installment in the Harry Potter series. Mr. Nighy said: "I don't think I'm allowed to say it but I'm going to be in the next Harry Potter film,"
he tells us. "I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just
got the gig." If you don't mind us saying, it's about time, Bill. The
rangy actor has been dropping hints for aeons, once complaining that he
was "the only British actor who hasn't been in Harry Potter". But has he read the books? "Not yet, but I will!" he says. "It's rather like being in a Shakespeare that way, you know?" Mm.
Bill Nighy is a well regarded actor from the UK, known for his appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, State of Play directed by David Yates, The Constant Gardener, the upcoming Wild Target with Rupert Grint, and a beloved comedic turn in Love, Actually.
Yes he’s PERFECT!! I love him! He’s brilliant in pretty much everything he does and I can’t wait to see him in the Will of Albus Dumbledore scene with the trio!!! :D
@Matea: No they cut the Other Minister scene and I’m guessing the other scenes in which Scrimgeour appears.
As others have said, I think this casting is PERFECT! Doesn’t he look like an old lion?! I’m so excited.
FINALLY able to post, been dying to since I read this yesterday!
This is a dream come true, a couple of months ago I remembered Bill Nighy wanting in on the Potter movies. I had just finished HBP and was wondering which role he could do, when I realized he’d be perfect as Scrimgeour.
Sorry Neeson and Connolly lovers… I love those two dearly, but this role requires a proper Englishman. WB makeup effects just better make him look properly leonine, that’s all!!!
“I kept my legs together, Spike!” ;)
Sounds like a great pick…
YES! YES! YES!
Brilliant casting if its true! He stole every scene he was in in Love Actually. Great actor. I agree about finding a place for Simon Pegg as well.
Cool! Now if they would cast Hugh Grant as something, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley… my wish list goes on and on.
It would have been great if they’d hired him for HBP….but Scrimgeour isn’t in DH that long….he gets killed during the wedding!
Still…..I’m so happy about this, I love Bill Nighy!
Cool, he will be really good but did anyone else picture Billy Connolly as Scrimgeour?
yes yes yes! this is brilliant news! hes my favorite!
I remember him from Love Actually… he was great!
wow, glad that’s not a rumor anymore! :)