Bill Nighy Is Scrimgeour In Seventh “Potter”?

British tabloid The Independent spoke with the legendary Bill Nighy (“Underworld,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Love Actually”) recently who confirmed he’s scored a role in the final two-part “Harry Potter” film.

“I don’t think I’m allowed to say it but I’m going to be in the next Harry Potter film. I won’t say which character, but he’s a goodie. I just got the gig” said Nighy who complained once before now that he was “the only British actor who hasn’t been in Harry Potter.”

The Leaky Cauldron, the first to break word of Nighy’s casting, believes the role to be that of Rufus Scrimgeour, the veteran Auror who becomes the Minister of Magic in the wake of Cornelius Fudge’s departure.

Nighy and ‘Hallows’ director David Yates previously worked together on the acclaimed 2003 UK mini-series “State of Play”. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, which is currently in production, will be released November 2010 and July 2011.