'Harry Potter's Rupert Grint to Star in Small-Screen 'Snatch'

'Harry Potter's Rupert Grint to Star in Small-Screen 'Snatch'

Aug 23, 2016

Rupert Grint

Harry Potter is back in the news lately, thanks to the theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, still selling out the Palace Theatre in London, as well as a new trio of short books by J.K. Rowling about the Harry Potter universe that will be published next month, not to forget the prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in theaters on November 18.

But what about the stars of the fim series? In the five years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe has established himself in the indie film world as the star of The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, Horns and this year's Swiss Army Man and Imperium. He's also dabbled in bigger budgeted studio fare like Victor Frankenstein and Now You See Me 2.

Emma Watson found post-Potter success in the ensemble piece The Bling Ring and the dramatic epic Noah, though her more recent fare (Colonia, Regression) has been little seen. But she landed the lead role in Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, which should send her stock soaring when it's released next year.


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What about Rupert Grint? Of the three leading Potter players, Ron Weasley was the character who continually stepped aside in loyal support of Harry and Hermione, and perhaps that's contributed to a perception that's been unfairly applied to the actor as well. His most notable post-Potter role came opposite Ron Perlman in last year's comedy Moonwalkers (above), in which he delivered a low-key, charming performance as a music manager.

Now Grint will star as a con man in Snatch, based on the action comedy by Guy Ritchie. Released in 2000, Snatch was Ritchie's rowdy followup to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, revolving around a search for a stolen diamond by an unruly assortment of unsavory criminals. Brad Pitt starred.

 

According to Deadline, the new version will feature all new characters, following "a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime."

Dougray Scott will also star. Grint will serve as an executive producer for the series. Production will begin next week on the 10-episode first season, which is expected to air on the Crackle network next year.

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