Rupert Grint Looks to Join 'Death of Charlie Countryman' and 'CBGB'
Though acting turns outside of the Harry Potter franchise from Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) in films like Driving Lessons, Cherrybomb and Wild Target haven't exactly been as easily recognized as co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in The Woman in Black and My Week with Marilyn respectively, that doesn't mean the red-haired Brit is giving up on acting just yet. In fact, Variety has word that Grint has locked down two new fairly high profile projects with the Shia LaBeouf led thriller The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and the underground music scene drama CBGB, based on the NYC club of the same name.
Grint has yet to prove himself as a viable star outside of Harry Potter, but I think he has some real talent in him. He might be more suited for comedy, but it sounds like these two roles are a little more serious. In The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, his role hasn't yet been named, but I hope he's playing some sort of thug who has to face-off against LaBeouf as he tries to get back a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) claimed by a crime boss. It would certainly be against what everyone would expect. Plus, he's not a terribly scrawny guy, so I bet he could throw on some muscle and be ready for a fight in the Fredrik Bond film in no time.
Meanwhile, in CBGB, which reunites him with Harry Potter franchise star Alan Rickman as the titular club owner, Grint will play Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, who played a prominent role during the club's rise to fame featuring bands like The Talking Heads, The Ramones and many more. This sounds like a truly interesting look back at the underground music world, and there's likely the potential for plenty of cameos from other big actors as iconic musicians and the like. Either way, it sounds like Grint is making some solid choices to keep him separate from being cast as another Ron Weasley type character for awhile.