DAMIEN LEWIS SIGNS ON FOR YOUNG DUMBLEDORE
HOLLYWOOD – Homeland and Band of Brothers star Damien Lewis has signed on to play Albus Dumbledore in the new Warner Bros Harry Potter spin-off Young Albus.
The news came as something of a surprise following as it did a week in which Mr. Lewis appeared to criticize actors Ian McKellan and Michael Gambon as fruity actors who wind up playing wizards. Sir Ian responded in an interview with the British publication The Radio Times that ‘no one needs to feel sorry for me’. Captain Brody later apologized saying his comments had been taken out of context. Some believe that his decision to play the Hogwarts headmaster to be might be an act of contrition, although he denied this.
The fact of the matter is I was already in talks to play Albus long before this furor. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and the script is full of fantastic stuff and humor so I’m really looking forward to playing the role. Plus Homeland has kind of jumped the shark. And I don’t want to be one of those actors like Hugh Laurie, or Dominic West, or George Clooney who can’t escape television. Oh wait, I hope they won’t be offended by that.
The first Harry Potter film not to be based on a J.K. Rowling novel, Young Albus does however have the author’s full approval. ‘I admire Damien as an actor,’ said Rowling. ‘And David Mamet’s script is a really interesting change in direction. With a lot of people repeating each other’s lines.’
Young Albus is due out in 2015.