Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Erroneous! Erroneous! I can't believe what I am hearing, but it seems that young actress Emma Watson is placing a little bit of pressure on Warner Bros. Note to self: when developing a huge franchise, get the actors to sign on for all films from the beginning.
Imagine, if you will, entering a theatre over a year from now for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to find another girl playing Emma Watson. I don't know about the fans thoughts on this, but how can you get through five big-blockbuster films and call it quits when there is only two to go?
The good people over at FilmForce have caught up with Emma Watson and not only does she say she doesn't know about the sixth installment but she is still unsure about her chosen profession.
"I don't know yet," Watson told Newsweek when asked about returning for the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. "Every film is such a huge production, and it's a long time." Unlike her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, the sixteen year-old actress isn't even sure if she wants to keep acting.
It sounds to me as if her parents have realized that not having a contract is a great thing and, by threatening a leave, Warner Bros will pay up to keep her on. This is all speculation of course.
Though bummed with Watson's hesitation, producer David Heyman says she can go if she wants to go.
Potter producer David Heyman said losing Watson "would be a hard thing to change and it would be disrupting ... but ultimately (the films' young stars) have to do what's right for them. This is their lives." But he added, "I'm cautiously optimistic that it will work itself out."
The only other time a cast member has been replaced in the Potter franchise is when Michael Gambon became Dumbledore after Richard Harris passed away.
*Before you ask, yes, the image above is from OotP.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theatres on July 13th, 2007.