Rupert Grint

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard may have their own Macbeth in the works, but all the acting talent in the world can’t replace the box office dynamite that is Ron Weasley. Rupert Grint, the actor who will likely spend the rest of his life in the shadow  Harry Potter has just been cast in Enemy of Man, a reworking of one of William Shakespeare’s most enduring plays.

While we don’t know whom Grint will be playing, we do know that Charles Dance has been cast alongside him. You may know Dance via his Game of Thrones character, Tywin Lannister. Factor in that Sean Bean (who also had a stint on Game of Thrones) will be playing Macbeth, and things are setting up nicely for a little fantasy series face-off. Unless all three actors happen to be on the same side, at which point it might become Potter and Thrones vs X-Men, as Jason Flemying (who played the demonic Azazel in X-Men: First Class) has already been cast as MacDuff.

But how will Enemy of Man put its own spin on a story that’s already been adapted to the screen more than twenty times over? Director Vincent Regan isn’t saying much, but he has mentioned that Enemy of Man will “strip back the dialogue, crank up the action and produce an atmospheric and blood-soaked chiller.” This is Regan’s first time in the director’s chair, but he’s been an acted in films like 300, Troy and Clash of the Titans. Hopefully, that’s enough to experience to handle Shakespeare on his first time out. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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