Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
It looks like there is indeed life after graduating from Hogwarts for Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Less than two years ago, there was much speculation as to whether the "Harry Potter" trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would go on to have at least something resembling acting careers after the series closed the books with the final installment, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2." For the most part, they've all been doing just fine as Radcliffe grew up fast as both a father and a widow in "The Woman in Black," Watson cemented her high school heartthrob status in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and Grint teamed up with Shia LaBeouf for the crime drama, "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
The trio continue to take Hollywood by storm as they've all got other projects being released this year -- and have just signed up for more.
It seems there are no less than three dozen "Frankenstein" projects in various stages of development around town, and Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to join the one setting up shop (or is it laboratory?) at Fox, simply titled "Frankenstein" (for now, anyway). Oddly enough, Radcliffe won't be playing the lead role of Victor Frankenstein, the passionate but misguided young medical student whose obsession with conquering death leads to the creation of a wretched, vengeful Creature, but that of Igor, Victor's oft-hunchbacked assistant (a character who, for the record, doesn't appear in Mary Shelley's novel).
Plot details are being kept under wraps on this "Frankenstein," though it is described as being a "tale of redemption and friendship," with Igor being something of a "lead role." It will be interesting to see what kind of new angle this project takes on the old chestnut, and if Igor is reinvented to be more, well, Radcliffe-ish or if the young star just wants to take on an "ugly" role (hey, those win people Oscars). Paul McGuignan, who directed at least one of your favorite "Sherlock" episodes, is on board to direct, with the script provided by Max Landis ("Chronicle").
Meanwhile, Emma Watson, who's attached to Guillermo del Toro's in-development riff on "Beauty and the Beast," continues to circle the brave new world of revisionist fairy tale movies as she's now eyeing the title role in "Cinderella," a live-action adaptation to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (natch). Watson would be joining Cate Blanchett, who will be following in the footsteps of Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Angelina Jolie in the upcoming "Maleficent" (and, sure, Julia Roberts in "Mirror Mirror") as a probably over-the-top (hey, it's Branagh) fairy tale villainess -- in this case, Cinderella's evil stepmother who makes her clean the damn house day and night.
Personally, we think Watson's foot is going to fit just fine into that glass slipper -- after all, the Yule Ball sequence in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) could certainly be seen as her early audition for the role. One thing's for sure -- she would feel completely at home in a world with singing mice (if Branagh goes there, and we hope he does) and carriages that turn into pumpkins at midnight.
Finally, Rupert Grint is set for a turn on the small screen as he'll be starring in an upcoming CBS pilot that proves even wizards might have to do a little time flipping burgers after graduation. Grint will star in the title role of "Super Clyde," which follows the adventures of a fast food employee and comic book fan whom the Hollywood Reporter describes as "a well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never really feels like he fits in" (hey, it's Ron Weasley, after all). After Clyde receives a $100,000-a-month inheritance, he reinvents himself as a superhero whose secret power is all that cash, which he vows to use only for good and to award the good-hearted.
As we certainly don't need any more superhero movies or television shows, "Super Clyde" sounds like at least a clever variation on the genre, a sort of a kinder, gentler "Kick-Ass" mixed with Robin Hood-ish good intentions. Grint is, of course, perfect for this role -- one can easily imagine him working the grill, trying to conjure some cover story about his heroic nocturnal charity work to tell his manager.
Daniel Radcliffe will be seen later this year as Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings" and as Ig Perrish, the decadent (and suddenly horned) anti-hero of Joe Hill's gonzo horror fable, "Horns." Emma Watson will be seen as a member of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" (which just scored a release date of June 14) and as a meta-version of herself in the all-star apocalypse comedy, "This Is the End" (opening a week later). Meanwhile, Rupert Grint will rock out as Rocket From the Tombs and Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome in "CBGB," a historical medley on the famed New York City music venue.