Warner Brothers has approached director Mira Nair to direct "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the movie adaptation of the fifth book in author J.K. Rowling's best-selling series, according to The Guardian.
Nair's previous credits include Monsoon Wedding and the recently released Vanity Fair.
If Nair does accept the job, she will become the fourth director to take on the Potter adaptations, and her Indian heritage will further serve to internationalize the position. American Chris Columbus directed the first two films, Mexican-born Alfonso Cuaron directed the third, and Mike Newell, who is British, is currently shooting the fourth.
It's hard to say how Nair's direction will influence the series. Like Cuaron, she has previously worked on smaller, indie films. As Phoenix would be her first big-budget project, she could flourish or falter depending on how well she can adapt art house sensibilities into a big-budget Hollywood project. At the very least, the visual extravagance of her films should fit in well with the spectacle that is a Harry Potter movie.