Harry Potter star Rupert Grint continues his journey to transition into more adult fare at the movies. He’s dabbled in some other projects in between trips to Hogwarts, but now that the series has come to a close, he can start really pushing himself as an actor. Variety reports that Grint has signed on to two smaller films, CBGB opposite Potter co-star Alan Rickman and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia LaBeouf.
CBGB tells the story of the real-life club in New York City and traces the impact of the club on music and culture. Rickman plays the club owner, and Grint will play Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys, an influential punk rock group active in the late 1970s.
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman stars LaBeouf and is slowly becoming one of my most anticipated movies of next year. Here’s the synopsis:
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?
No word yet on what part Grint will play in that one, but I’m looking forward to seeing him mix it up with some solid actors in both of these films. Both movies are tentatively set for 2013 releases.