First surfaced in May 2003, new life has been pumped into a rumor that Rowan Atkinson, of Mr. Bean fame, is being considered (or has been cast) for a role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Thanks to The Leaky Cauldron for pointing out that Variety has included Atkinson in an updated production chart.
According to the trade, the film will see Daniel Radcliffe returning as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall and will star Rowan Atkinson in an undisclosed role. Mike Newell will direct a screenplay from Steve Kloves and David Heyman is producing once again. Production is expected to start in April.Update: Thanks to Wizard News for letting us know that The Sun now reports that the British comic actor will play the role of Voldemort, the same rumor as was whispered so many months ago. Remember this has not been confirmed by Warner Bros. and should be treated as a rumor until such time. Update II: Wizard News has pointed out an article from CBBC Newsround reporting that Atkinson's agent has denied rumors that he is set to play Lord Voldemort, or any other role, in the Harry Potter films.
Janette Linden his agent said "There's no truth whatsoever that Rowan will be in the next Harry Potter movie."
Warner Bros. insiders also say that no casting decisions have been made yet.