Fear not Harry Potter fans, it looks like we’ve finally found a promising project for Rupert Grint. Over the past year or so we’ve been living in a post-Potter world, and Grint’s co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have been flourishing. It seems like rarely a week goes by without one or the other poking their head into a new project. Grint has had a bit tougher of a time landing significant work so far, and things were starting to look a bit worrisome. But holy heck does this new film The Drummer sound like it could be a great chance for the young actor to show what he’s got apart from being Ron Weasley.
Despite the fact that this one is from a writer/director duo that haven’t done much I’ve found noteworthy (Randall Miller and Jody Savin), The Drummer could be a winner just based on subject matter alone. It’s a look at the last few years of the life of Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson, when he was working on his solo album “Pacific Ocean Blue.” With the legions of Beach Boys fans still out there in the world, undoubtedly this is a project that will be getting a lot of attention, especially when you consider the cast that Grint will be joining.
Aaron Eckhart has already been attached to play Wilson, and Vera Farmiga will be playing his girlfriend and Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie. And in addition to those rock solid leads, Grint will also be joined by new signee Chloe Grace Moretz, who is currently trying to make the transition from some stellar genre work into doing other things as well. Moretz will be playing Wilson’s daughter Jennifer, and Grint a mailroom intern named Stan Shapiro who ends up becoming a close friend and confidant to the famous percussionist.
These are a couple of promising young actors, and any look at the tumultuous life of a Beach Boy is sure to be at the very least intriguing, so hopefully this one sees them paired with a script strong enough to let them show their stuff and help them get to the next level. [THR]