Exciting new (and non-wizard) roles for ‘Harry Potter’ alums Radcliffe, Watson and Grint
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
It looks like there is indeed life after graduating from Hogwarts for Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Less than two years ago, there was much speculation as to whether the "Harry Potter" trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would go on to have at least something resembling acting careers after the series closed the books with the final installment, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2." For the most part, they've all been doing just fine as Radcliffe grew up fast as both a father and a widow in "The Woman in Black," Watson cemented her high school heartthrob status in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and Grint teamed up with Shia LaBeouf for the crime drama, "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
The trio continue to take Hollywood by storm as they've all got other projects being released this year -- and have just signed up for more.
It seems there are no less than three dozen "Frankenstein" projects in various stages of development around town, and Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to join the one setting up shop (or is it laboratory?) at Fox, simply titled "Frankenstein" (for now, anyway). Oddly enough, Radcliffe won't be playing the lead role of Victor Frankenstein, the passionate but misguided young medical student whose obsession with conquering death leads to the creation of a wretched, vengeful Creature, but that of Igor, Victor's oft-hunchbacked assistant (a character who, for the record, doesn't appear in Mary Shelley's novel).
Plot details are being kept under wraps on this "Frankenstein," though it is described as being a "tale of redemption and friendship," with Igor being something of a "lead role." It will be interesting to see what kind of new angle this project takes on the old chestnut, and if Igor is reinvented to be more, well, Radcliffe-ish or if the young star just wants to take on an "ugly" role (hey, those win people Oscars). Paul McGuignan, who directed at least one of your favorite "Sherlock" episodes, is on board to direct, with the script provided by Max Landis ("Chronicle").
Meanwhile, Emma Watson, who's attached to Guillermo del Toro's in-development riff on "Beauty and the Beast," continues to circle the brave new world of revisionist fairy tale movies as she's now eyeing the title role in "Cinderella," a live-action adaptation to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (natch). Watson would be joining Cate Blanchett, who will be following in the footsteps of Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Angelina Jolie in the upcoming "Maleficent" (and, sure, Julia Roberts in "Mirror Mirror") as a probably over-the-top (hey, it's Branagh) fairy tale villainess -- in this case, Cinderella's evil stepmother who makes her clean the damn house day and night.
Personally, we think Watson's foot is going to fit just fine into that glass slipper -- after all, the Yule Ball sequence in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) could certainly be seen as her early audition for the role. One thing's for sure -- she would feel completely at home in a world with singing mice (if Branagh goes there, and we hope he does) and carriages that turn into pumpkins at midnight.