December 27, 2002
McKellen to play Dumbledore

Sir Ian McKellen is set to take over the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies from the late Richard Harris. I'm glad to hear it.

The story goes on to note that the producers' first choice was apparently still Richard Harris, using available footage and computer animation. After having seen the creepy effect of Nancy Marchand's head grafted onto another woman's body in Episode Two of Season Three of The Sopranos, I'm beside myself with relief that they've chosen a living replacement.
UPDATE: Or maybe he won't. Durn British tabloids. Thanks to Greg Morrow, who pointed this out in the comments.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 27, 2002 to TV and movies | TrackBack

A truly inspired choice. McKellen is, in my humble opinion, the single most talented actor walking the Earth.

Posted by: Jack Cluth on December 27, 2002 10:06 PM

Dunno if I'd go that far, but his performance as a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher in the extremely funny 1996 production of Cold Comfort Farm is what convinced me he could play Gandalf.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden on December 28, 2002 7:32 AM

Debunked, as reported by SciFiWire, et al.

Posted by: Greg Morrow on December 30, 2002 2:22 PM