Filming is set to begin in Manchester next week
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is set to star in a TV re-make of Guy Ritchie’s gangster film Snatch.
Mission: Impossible II actor Dougray Scott and Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick will also play prominent roles in the forthcoming series, which will be available on Sony’s streaming network Crackle from early 2017.
Grint, who played Ron Weasley in all eight Harry Potter movies, will play a “frustratingly chaotic” character named Charlie Cavendish. He is also set to take on an executive producer’s role.
The new series will “carry the spirit of the setting in the original feature film, while creating a new world born from the original movie,” reports Deadline. The series is due to begin filming in Manchester next week.
Snatch was a box office hit in 2000 for Ritchie. It starred Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones and Hollywood stars Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt – the latter of whom famously agreed to appear in it for free having seen the script.
Since the last Harry Potter film The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011, Grint has focused primarily on a stage career, recently starring alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in Broadway show It’s Only A Play.
Earlier this year, Grint suggested that Weasley’s relationship with Hermione Granger would be unlikely to last the distance.
Grint’s Ron and Emma Watson’s Hermione are together when J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga comes to an end, but the actor has predicted divorce for the couple further down the line.
Asked what he thinks happens to Ron after the novels conclude, Grint said: “I would expect Ron has probably divorced Hermione already. I don’t think that relationship would have done very well.”
Grint then said of Ron’s future: “He’s living on his own, in a little one-bedroom apartment. He hasn’t got a job”, to which Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom, added jokingly: “[Ron’s] living in a one-bedroom studio apartment all alone, doing nothing. He lives in Kings Cross, right in that area.”