Thursday, June 23, 2011

More than Potter was (sort of) launched today. I say “sort of” as it was really just a teaser from JK Rowling of things to come (in October, so she says). It got me thinking about the release of the last Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two) and wondering what the cast will do now that Pottering is coming to an end. Of course many have become known for their roles in the Harry Potter films but regardless, they are all working actors with other roles in their pasts and (hopefully) their future:

Daniel Radcliffe: Probably the busiest of the main kids, has been hoofing it on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Even while involved with being Harry Potter, young Daniel was pretty active trying other roles (December Boys, My Boy Jack and Equus) His next role: The lead role of Arthur Kipps in the horror film, Woman in Black. The film and play (which has been running for 21 years in the West End of London) are based on the novel by Susan Hill. I guess the “powers that be” decided its theatrical longevity was an indication of popularity and therefore a great candidate to be made into a film. Time will tell…but we will have to wait until its release early in 2012 to pass judgment. Regardless, bravo, I say to Daniel Radcliffe for challenging himself and getting away from the Potter stereotype.

Emma Watson: Although poor Emma got taunted out of Brown University by her classmates, hopefully she will laugh at them….all the way to the bank. Our Hermione is worth millions, will easily get into another university (I hear in New York) and is also stepping out of her Potter comfort zone to play Sam in the upcoming The Perks of Being a Wallflower (based on the popular YA novel by the same name). Take that, you Muggles!

Rupert Grint: I was quite interested to hear that Rupert’s (Ron Weasley) post-Potter project was starring as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards in Eddie the Eagle (currently in post production). You might remember Eddie as the awkward British ski jumper from the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Here’s hoping it gets US distribution so we can see how Rupert does in his AHP outing. (AHP= After Harry Potter).

Alan Rickman: Already a declared Alan Rickman fan, I can’t wait to see his AHP film release. Alan is currently working on a Coen Brothers film, Gambit. Expected out in 2012, he costars with Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci in a tale about an art curator who enlists the services of a Texas steer roper to con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting. Coens+Rickman+Firth=Magic!!

Ralph Fiennes: Yesssssssss! Lord Voldemort (or “He who shall not be named” …oops…too late!) Whether he is creeping us out as a Nazi in Schindlers List, playing a demented mobster in In Bruges (with fellow Potter player, Brendan Gleeson aka Mad Eye Moody)or being sweetly quirky in Oscar and Lucinda, Ralph is always an actor to watch. In his next film (slated for December 2011 release), he is playing the lead role of Caius Martius Coriolanus in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Although Coriolanus is not performed as much as other Shakespearian plays, Ralph will now join the ranks of Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen; all who gave their own interpretation of the trouble Roman general! (Yes, but did the others have magic in their repertoire?)

Helena Bonham Carter: Probably the most interesting career choices that any of the Potter people have taken would be the ones of Helena Bonham Carter. Maybe her oddness comes from her close proximity to Tim Burton (they have been together since 2001); she is very convincing as the insane Bellatrix Lestrange. But then she amazes us with her regal turn as the Queen Mum in the Kings Speech! Her next project is once again directed by her boyfriend and father of her children, Tim B. It will also reunite her with the Mad Hatter himself, Johnny Depp. Carter and Depp are currently filming Dark Shadows, with Johnny as Barnabas Collins (the vampire that was winning young girl’s hearts way before Twilight was ink on a page!).

Who knows if will ultimately be a site worth our time? I guess we will have to wait until October to find out. In the meantime, we can all look forward to the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two (July 15th! Buy your tickets now!). Not to mention the continuing careers of the Potter players and some very interesting upcoming cinema fun!

Mischief managed….