Gary Oldman, best known for his exceptional work in Sid & Nancy, State of Grace, Dracula, and many others, is in talks to join the cast of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The third installment in the boy wizard series will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron, best known for 2002ís Latin phenomenon Y tu mam· tambiÈn, and will not feature Richard Harris (Professor Albus Dumbledore), who passed away last year. If Oldman inks the deal, he will play wizard Sirius Black, the escaped prisoner of Azkaban who is later revealed to be Harry Potter's godfather. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two films of the franchise, will produce the picture, which is slated for a 2004 release. The Harry Potter films have featured the talent of some amazing actors in the past, including Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branaugh, and whoever plays the youngest "weasely."
Source: Jason Anfinsen