Update: Emma Thompson confirmed for Trelawney role in 'Prisoner of Azkaban'

  October 6, 2003 at 4:02 PM ET
  Cheeser     The Leaky Cauldron (via Herald Sun)

Australian newspaper The Herald Sun reported Oct. 4 that Emma Thompson had been cast to play the role of pseudo-psychic Professor Sybill Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the series. It has now been confirmed by official sources that the Oscar-winning actress will indeed be joining the cast.

Thompson should fit right in. She's played opposite Professor Snape's Alan Rickman in two movies - The Winter Guestopens in new window and Judas Kissopens in new window - and coupled with Kenneth Branagh in Much Ado About Nothingopens in new window.

Update: Several other news sources are now confirming Thompson's casting as Trelawney, including BBC Newsopens in new window, who offered the following quote from director Alfonso Cuarónopens in new window:

"I am very excited to work with Emma," Cuaron said. "She brings such life and spirit to the characters she portrays."


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