Wednesday, August 10, 2011

FILM: What's Next for the Harry Potter Cast?

It's the end of an era. Ten years, seven books, and eight films later the saga has come to a close. But that doesn't mean we have to say goodbye to the actors who brought some of our favorite characters to life. Find out where you can see them next:

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
He just wrapped the sinister thriller The Woman in Black, where he plays a lawyer who is haunted by a scorned ghost. Next year, he'll hand off the lead role in the Broadway play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to Glee's Darren Criss for two weeks January.

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
She just wrapped the racy romantic drama adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Ezra Miller (City Island), Paul Rudd, Johnny Simmons (Jennifer's Body), Nina Dobrev ("Vampire Diaries"), and Mae Whitman ("Parenthood"), where she'll play a girl who befriends an introverted freshman and shows him a world of sex, drugs, and complicated relationships. But you'll see her first in a small role this November in the indie drama My Week with Marilyn playing backseat to Michelle Williams, Dominic Cooper (Captain America), and Judi Dench.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
This year the infamous ginger will be in the horror thriller Cross County, which is your a-typical bad-things-happen-in-the-woods gore flick. His next few projects include the biographical sports comedy Eddie the Eagle, about England's first Olympic ski jumper; the historical Norwegian action drama Comrade, about a set of warring English and German pilots who have to stick together during a harrowing Norwegian winter; and the soccer war drama Wartime Wanderers, about how an entire soccer team decided to enlist in the army together.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Next year, you can see her in the drama Geography of the Hapless Heart, an anthology of five films about the complexity of intimacy, shot in five locations around the world, and the fantasy thriller The Philosophers, where a teacher challenges his students to plan for the apocalypse.

Oliver Phelps (Fred Weasley)
He'll be in the Pablo Picasso biography Latin Quarter with Wilmer Valderrama... I don't know either.

Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)
This December, he'll play the title character in Coriolanus, a historical dramatic thriller about "a banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city." Some time this year he'll be in the conspiracy thriller Page Eight alongside Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz. He just finished wrapping and reprising his role as Hades in Wrath of the Titans out next March. Next year we can also see him in the adaptation of Great Expectations with fellow Potter villain Helena Bonham Carter, and in the next Bond film Bond 23 alongside Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris (Miami Vice).

Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)
Next year, he'll be in the Colin Firth & Cameron Diaz crime comedy Gambit, and the hockey drama Hit Somebody with Melissa Leo (The Fighter), John Goodman, Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom), and Nicholas Braun (Prom).

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)
He'll play Taylor Lautner's dad in the mystery thriller Abduction this September and debut the intriguing NBC drama "Awake" mid-season, where he'll play a detective who alternates between parallel lives after a car accident takes the life of his wife in one reality and his son in the other.

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
You can see him now in Rise of the Planet of the Apes as a guard who terrorizes the animals. Later this year, he'll be in the golf drama From the Rough with Taraji P. Henson (Karate Kid and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Michael Clarke Duncan. Next year, he'll be in the horror thriller The Apparition with Sebastian Stan (Captain America) and Ashley Greene (Twilight). And soon he'll shoot the British war film Grace and Danger, and the horror action thriller Evac.

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
Next summer, she'll star opposite her husband's muse Johnny Depp in the remake of the supernatural mystery Dark Shadows alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Eva Green (Casino Royale), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen). Her next projects are the adaptation Great Expectations and possibly The Lone Ranger.

Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour)
She'll play Queen Isabella in the TV Movie "Richard II," and star in the historical romantic drama Birdsong, about a couple torn apart by WWI.

No word yet on what new projects Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), or Katie Leung (Cho Chang) have in the pipeline but I know at least Lewis should have something soon after the unveiling of his transformation into a strapping young man at the last film's premiere.

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