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Gary Oldman may play Harry Potter's ''Prisoner.'' He's in talks to star as wizard Sirius Black in ''Prisoner of Azkaban,'' the third Potter picture

Gary Oldman | THE WIZ Oldman may play fallen wizard Sirius Black in ''Azkaban''
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THE WIZ Oldman may play fallen wizard Sirius Black in ''Azkaban''
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''Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'' is set to start shooting next month, but there's still no official word on who will replace the late Richard Harris as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Nonetheless, there will be a new wizard in Potterville, and it may be Gary Oldman.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, he's in talks to play the prisoner of the title. The ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' star would play Sirius Black, the escaped Azkaban prisoner who turns out to have secret ties to Harry Potter.

The movie, the third in the series, is set to start shooting on Feb. 17, according to the Reporter, but Warner Bros. has yet to announce who'll fill Harris' pointy shoes. After ''Lord of the Rings'' wizard Ian McKellen denied he would take the role, E! reported that sources close to the production said the new Dumbledore would be ''Gosford Park'' party host Michael Gambon, but the studio has declined to confirm or deny that report.

Originally posted Jan 08, 2003