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I haven’t spoken to Sir Ian for about a week; I hope to hear from him soon.

We last spoke about Dumbledore a few weeks ago and he told me he was not considering it and approved my publishing the denial on our rumours page. As you know, just about anything is possible in Hollywood, but I will be very surprised if he takes the part — though I’m sure he’d be interested to work with Alfonso Cuaron or on HARRY POTTER in some other non-bearded non-hatted role.

Of course anything in The Sun must be assumed to be only loosely based on fact and that story rings particularly untrue to me . . . and they are the ONLY source for this so they would have to be very well connected — not every WB employee thinks of running to The Sun with the latest rumours.

Keep an eye on our rumours page for clarification (probably a stronger denial) in the next couple of days. I’ll keep you posted.

As always, you can keep up to date with Ian McKellen rumors right here! [More]