A veteran Academy Award nominee and a 14-year-old unknown will join the cast of J.K.
Rowling’s epic Harry Potter series as filming begins this week on the newest movie, producers said. Millions of fans across the world are eagerly awaiting the adaptation of Rowling’s fifth book – “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” – with young actor Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.
An Irish Harry Potter fan, Evanna Lynch, will play his love interest in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix after she beat out around 150,000 hopefuls.
According to Contactmusic.com, Lynch will play Luna Lovegood. Lynch is such a big fan of the Potter series that she named her two cats Luna and Crookshanks. She was even sent a signed copy of the book when she was too sick to attend a book signing.
Her father says, “Words cannot describe how happy she is.”
The plot centers on the arrival of Dolores Umbridge, an unpopular new professor at Hogwarts. She will be played by actress Imelda Staunton, nominated for a 2005 Oscar for her performance in “Vera Drake.”
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix to be directed by David Yates, the new movie is slated for release next year.