Clare Sidoti Content Editor
Harry Potter fans prepare for some more stage door camp outs, as another of the Golden Trio is set to tread the West End boards.
A few weeks ago, we brought you the news that Rupert Grint, Harry’s best mate Ron Weasley, was eager to follow in Daniel Radcliffe’s footsteps and have a go on the London stage. Now we can confirm that this wish is coming true as Grint has been cast in a revival of Jez Butterworth’s debut play, Mojo.
A far cry from his days as a boy wizard fighting Voldemort and his Death Eaters while attempting to win the heart of one Hermione Granger, Grint will instead be turning to a life of crime as he stars as Sweets, a pill-popping petty criminal from Soho’s dark underworld of 1958.
Grint will have some amazing cast members along to help ease him into stage acting. Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle and James Bond’s techno-geek Ben Whishaw along with Made In Dagenham’s Daniel Mays round out the criminal quartet.
Recently, Grint took part in a rehearsed reading of the play and obviously impressed the producers with his portrayal of the minor hood, who “does a sort of double act, full of comic menace” according to the Daily Mail. Ian Rickson, who staged the original 1995 production of the play, had been impressed by Grint’s “truthful” portrayal of Ron and found that this was what was needed for the revival: “There’s something ordinary and centred about him, and in this world of Mojo you want that grittiness”.
The fact that Grint also has an in-built fan base of Harry Potter fans eager to see their hero in anything new has not been lost on the producers either. While the play is definitely not for those under 18, those who have grown up with the movies are the target audience for this production. “A whole lot of people who might not see Mojo will come and see it [because of Grint]”, says Rickson, and that can only be a good thing for British theatre and the production in particular.
Mojo revolves around the kidnapping of pop sensation wannabe Silver Johnny by a rival gang and Baby’s (Whishaw) plan for revenge. Coyle will play Mickey, a number two gangster who is out to usurp number one’s position and take charge of the gang.
Mojo goes into rehearsals in mid-September and will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 26. Better get your tickets fast, because with this high calibre cast, they’re sure to sell quickly!