The worlds of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey will collide this fall when Rupert Grint and Brendan Coyle appear together on the West End stage in a London revival of Mojo, a crime drama about petty crooks and gangsters.
If you’re thinking about booking tickets and hopping a plane across the Atlantic, the just announced production will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theater on Oct. 26.
Grint, 24, who played Ron Weasley in eight Harry Potter films, will be making his stage debut. Coyle, who portrays valet John Bates on Downton, is a veteran of the London stage.
Mojo, written by Jez Butterworth, was first staged at the Royal Court Theater in London in 1995. This new revival will costar Ben Whishaw (BBC America’s The Hour and Skyfall) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham). Ian Rickson, who directed the original production, will again be directing.
It was Rickson’s idea to cast Grint. “I’d seen the Potter films with my daughter and always thought Rupert was truthful as Ron Weasley,” Rickson told entertainment columnist Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail. “There’s something ordinary and centered about him, and in this world of Mojo you want that grittiness.”
He had Grint do the part of Sweets, a young hood, in a reading of the play earlier this year and then cast him in the same role when the full-scale revival got the go-ahead.
Grint is available to do the West End production because Super Clyde, his American TV pilot for CBS, did not get picked up in May to go to series this fall.
By taking on the role in Mojo, Grint will be joining his Harry Potter co-star, Daniel Radcliffe, in treading the boards on the West End. Radcliffe is currently appearing in a revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a comic drama by Martin McDonagh. He received generally favorable reviews and the show has been packing in enthusiastic audiences.
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