Update: Emma Thompson confirmed for Trelawney role in 'Prisoner of Azkaban'
October 6, 2003 at 4:02 PM ET
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 Guest and Judas Kiss - and coupled with Kenneth Branagh in Much Ado About Nothing.
Update: Several other news sources are now confirming Thompson's casting as Trelawney, including BBC News, who offered the following quote from director Alfonso Cuarón:
"I am very excited to work with Emma," Cuaron said. "She brings such life and spirit to the characters she portrays."