‘Harry Potter’ Star Will Bring More Comic Book Drama to TV
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is returning to the fantasy genre for his next big project. The actor is reportedly set to star in a new comic book-themed TV show for NBC.
According to Deadline, the network has issued a put pilot commitment to the still-untitled series, which hails from Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta and producer Aaron Kaplan (Life in Pieces, Secrets & Lies, The Mysteries of Laura). Written by Horta, the developing one-hour drama will star the British actor as Rupert, a low-level New York office drone, who is obsessed with Imperial City, a comic book series created by his late father. Rupert has spent his whole life believing he knew all there was to know about the nine-issue comic series. But when a mysterious comic book collector reveals the existence of a tenth issue, Rupert discovers that not only is the world of Imperial City real, but also that he’s the only person who can save it.
As Deadline reports, the drama was developed specifically as a starring vehicle for Grint, who is a big comic book fan. In addition to starring in the series, Grint will also serve as a producer on the project. Meanwhile, Horta and Kaplan will co-executive produce the show.
The NBC series actually marks the second time that Grint has led a comic book-themed project for TV. In 2013, the actor starred in the CBS pilot, Super Clyde, a comedy about a comics-loving young man who decides to dedicate his life to helping people after stumbling into millions of dollars. Though the pilot episode got strong reviews after it was released online, the project never moved forward at CBS, reportedly because the network felt it was too off-brand.
Now, it looks like Grint is getting his second shot at American TV stardom with another comics-inspired show. While the NBC series is still relatively early on in the development process, the project seems like it’s off to a good start, given the network’s promised commitment. If the produced pilot never gets picked up to series, the channel will face a possible penalty.
For Grint, the developing one-hour drama would be one of his most high-profile projects since the Harry Potter series, in which he played the character Ron Weasley. Since the hugely popular film franchise wrapped up in 2011, the actor has starred in the movies Into the White, Charlie Countryman, and CBGB. He also delved into theater, making his stage debut in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo in 2013 in London and also starring in 2014’s It’s Only a Play on Broadway.
While we’ll have to stay tuned to see if Grint’s latest TV project makes it to screen, word of the show will likely come as very good news to Harry Potter fans who have been hoping to see more of the actor. In the meantime, this isn’t the only project that Grint has headed our way. He also stars in the upcoming indie comedy, Moonwalkers, which premiered at South by Southwest in March and was subsequently acquired by Alchemy for distribution.