Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies) is joining the cast of The Book of Eli, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Allen and Albert Hughes are directing.
Gambon will play one half of a strange couple that holds onto old traditions in the futuristic tale, the trade paper reported.
Warner Brothers-based Alcon Entertainment and Silver Pictures are co-producing the film, which Warner will release domestically Jan. 15, 2010.
Washington will play a lone warrior traveling across a wasteland version of America in the not-too-distant future. The original story is written by Gary Whitta, with a rewrite by Anthony Peckham.