Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have pulled out of a cameo appearance in the next Harry Potter film - amid rumours of tension within the band.

The four-piece were asked to appear as a gang of witches, called the WYRD SISTERS, in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, which has just begun filming.

But the band has now cancelled, blaming scheduling difficulties. A spokesperson says, "They can't make the film because of scheduling."

But sources claim a backstage bust-up between frontman Alex Kapranos and guitarist NICK McCARTHY in Paris earlier this month (NOV04) is the real reason for the change of heart.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will play the witches instead.

18/11/2004 14:15