Casting has been finalized for the next Harry Potter flick, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Warner Bros. has sent around a full press release officially announcing all those involved. Who's Daniel Radcliffe? Anyway, newcomers to the series include Jim Broadbent as Potions Professor Horace Slughorn (c'mon, who didn't expect Broadbent to show up in at least one Potter flick?) and the previously-rumored Helen McCrory, who'll be playing Narcissa Malfoy. Included in the release are the casting of Lavender Brown, as well as young Tom Riddle and the teenage Riddle. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will arrive in theaters on November 21, 2008; you can check out the full press release below and two new behind-the-scenes featurettes on the film over here.
"Casting has been completed on the much-anticipated sixth installment of the Warner Bros. Pictures Harry Potter film franchise, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The announcement was made by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
David Yates, who directed this year's summer blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," returns to direct "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, is producing the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who scripted the first four installments of the film franchise, is adapting the screenplay based on the book by J.K. Rowling.
David Heyman said, "I am really excited that David Yates and all our cast are back for the sixth film and welcome some wonderful new additions to our ensemble. We all share a commitment to Jo Rowling and to Harry Potter fans around the world to keep making these films the best they can be and, as we head into the final installments, I can promise that this level of commitment will not waver."