(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
We may have seen and heard a lot about Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe since their Harry Potter days, but now it’s Rupert Grint’s turn for some post-Ron Weasley spotlight.
The actor has a couple of projects lined up – the first in Fredrik Bond’s action-comedy-romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and the second in the music biopic CBGB. Want to know more? Good.
Whilst Grint’s role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is currently unknown, he will be staring alongside Shia LaBeouf who plays Charlie, a hapless fellow that falls in love with Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), who’s lorded over by an unhinged mob boss Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen). Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to keep Gabi out of harm’s way, but to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?
With a script penned by Project X scribe Matt Drake, Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) is also staring as LaBeouf’s deceased (but still communicative) mother whilst Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) is set to play a Serbian war criminal. The film is currently filming in Romania and is set to be released sometime next year.
As for his second project, CBGB, Grint will be playing lead guitarist of short-lived but seminal ‘70s punk outfit The Dead Boys in the music biopic which chronicles the rise of the famous New York nightclub and its impact on the underground punk/new wave movement.
He will also be starring alongside another Harry Potter star, Alan Rickman, whose lead role of club founder Hilly Kristal was crafted specifically for him by director and writer Randall Miller and co-writer Jody Savin.
With no other information about this film yet, all we know is that it is scheduled for a 2013 release.