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The 19-year-old actor is to star in Cherrybomb - a Northern Island-set romantic thriller about two best friends who compete for the attentions of the same girl
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Rupert signs up for first starring film role away from Hogwarts

10 JULY 2008
His Harry Potter co-star, Daniel Radcliffe, made the transition into the adult world of acting with a role in theatre production Equus, and now Rupert Grint is preparing for his first solo starring role away from Hogwarts.

The 19-year-old actor, who plays the boy wizard's best pal Ron Weasley in the hugely successful film adaptations of JK Rowling's books, is to star in gritty Northern Ireland-set romantic thriller Cherrybomb.

In the flick Rupert portrays Malachy, a party-loving youngster who ends up competing against his best friend for the attentions of a beautiful stranger. What starts out as a game, however, soon becomes something more sinister.

"This is as far away from Hogwarts as you can get," says a film insider. "Audiences are going to see Rupert in a very different light. It's still unclear as to whether his character will be killed off."