Warner Bros. Pictures has officially confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will all reprise their roles for Harry Potter 6 & 7.
Confirmation of Daniel Radcliffe’s return had already been announced a few days back on his official website.
President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures, Jeff Robinov made the official casting announcement:
“When Daniel, Rupert and Emma were first cast as Harry, Ron and Hermione, we knew they were not only talented, but had a very special chemistry. Through the years, and in each of the ‘Harry Potter’ films , we have watched them grow into extraordinary young adults, as well as remarkable actors. It would be inconceivable to imagine anyone else in the roles with which they have become so identified, so we are thrilled and proud that Daniel, Rupert and Emma have chosen to complete the arc of their characters in the final two films.”
Also from the press release, highlights from the three actors:
Daniel Radcliffe; “Playing the role of Harry Potter has been an immense privilege, and I look forward to completing the series. I feel a huge sense of loyalty to the character of Harry and the fans who have supported these films over the years. During filming, I have learnt so much, made lots of friends and met people who have changed my life. I am indebted to J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. and David Heyman for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”
Emma Watson; “I could never let Hermione go–she is my hero! I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I am excited and honoured to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films.”
Rupert Grint; “Ron Weasley has become a big part of my life and not just because we’ve both got ginger hair! I’ve been so proud to play him and loved every second of being part of this world. I’m really looking forward to filming the last two films and being back with my ‘Weasley family’ and, of course, to seeing my good friends Emma and Dan. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive over the years; we couldn’t have done it without you.”
The fifth installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is set to debut in the U.S. on July 13, 2007.
Source: [Warner Bros. Pictures]