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Go on, Rupert, give Mojo a go! Grint could swap Potter for grisly gangland murder

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is in talks to make his theatre debut in a play about a grisly gangland murder that will also star Bond actor Ben Whishaw.

The actor, who starred as Ron Weasley alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in eight Potter movies, has performed in a workshop reading of Jez Butterworth’s searing Mojo.

The drama is set in a lowlife club in Soho in 1958 and focuses on a handsome rock singer with star potential who gets caught up in uncouth goings-on involving a gangster, club owner and band manager.


Ian Rickson, who directed the original 1995 Royal Court production, held the play reading recently with a cast that also included celebrated actor Daniel Mays and Robert Sheehan, a fast-rising star in the making.

Now Rickson and his long-time producer Sonia Friedman are in negotiations with Grint and Whishaw to star in what will be one of the must-see plays in the West End next year.

The ensemble would be the perfect environment to introduce Grint to the stage.

He’s a big name on film; but will need more experienced thespians around him.

If he does go ahead and test his theatrical mojo in Butterworth’s play, he’ll be following in the footsteps of Radcliffe, who first trod the boards in a theatrical equivalent of walking on a high wire with no safety net.

Radcliffe chose to do the controversial play Equus; then a musical on Broadway; and is now giving the performance of his life in The Cripple Of Inishmaan, part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Grint’s representatives were travelling and could not be reached for comment.

Since Mojo, Rickson and Butterworth (whose first play this was) have become one of the theatre world’s most formid-able teams.

Their triumphs include Jerusalem with Mark Rylance, which played to sold-right-out houses at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway, and The River, starring Dominic West, which was a hit last year back at the Court.

It’s great that Grint is going to give it a go.

Original article found | JULY, 4th 2013

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