Harry Potter: What's next for the cast?
Now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 has hit theaters and broken records, it’s truly time to move forward. We know what’s next for the main trio: Daniel Radcliffe continues his run in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and his first post-Potter film will be 2012’s supernatural thriller The Woman in Black (“I am not averse to doing a big movie again, but I would like to work on smaller things for a while,” he told EW recently). Last month, Emma Watson wrapped the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and she’ll head back to school this fall, studying abroad at Oxford for her third year before returning to Brown for her senior year. And in May, Rupert Grint wrapped the WWII flick Comrade, about British and German soldiers stranded in the Norwegian wilderness and forced to work together to survive, and is currently attached to star in a long-gestating biopic about Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the off-beat English ski jumper who became a British folk hero during the 1988 Winter Olympics. But what about our favorite supporting players?
A rep for Matthew Lewis — i.e. Neville Longbottom, a fan favorite in the franchise’s finale — tells EW he’s received various scripts that he’s going to be looking at when he returns from Harry Potter publicity. “He previously did a play, Agatha Christie’s Verdict, for six months in the lead up to the release of Deathly Hallows — Part 2, so he’s not had much chance to have a look at things,” we’re told. (Now’s the time!) Evanna Lynch, who always delights as Luna and has decided to act full-time rather than attend college, is also weighing her options. “Do stay tuned,” her rep tells us. Reasons to love her in the meantime: She visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Monday, pictured, while in Orlando for the Harry Potter fan conference LeakyCon. And in an interview published in the Sunday Independent last weekend, she spoke about taking a yoga-teaching course. “I have done yoga since I was about 11, and have always been interested in it, and everyone tells me I have a very calming voice,” she said.
As for James and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George Weasley, they’re putting their heads together to develop two television pilots and also doing a bit of documentary writing and production. A rep for the actors tells EW one of the pilots is an animated teen comedy about an alien prep school; the other is a fun, sketch-based educational comedy called Phraseology that is about how phrases like “loose cannon” got started. (Okay, we love that.) The documentaries are about European Rally racing competitions and following young successful entrepreneurs.
Jessie Cave, who plays Ron’s amorous ex Lavender, has also taken things into her own hands: She’s created her own comedy website, www.pindippy.com, featuring skits and illustrations. She makes a playful nod to the Harry Potter franchise in “Bookworm” and pokes fun at herself and her career prospects in a sketch about her experiences in Hollywood called “What’s in Your Shop?”. Rumor has it Rupert Grint may make an appearance in one of her future “Flat White” sketches as a distant cousin.
You most likely saw a trailer for August 5’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes before Deathly Hallows — Part 2, so you know that is the next flick for Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). I couldn’t tell if people giggled when he popped up in the preview simply because they weren’t expecting to be reminded that he’s not actually Draco at that particular moment, or because he clearly gets feces thrown on him.
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