After ten years playing iconic characters in the "Harry Potter" film series, it seemed like Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton might never shake their on-screen namesakes. But the actors who played Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy seem to be doing everything in their earthly powers to leave those life-chancing roles behind. Here are the projects that the former "Potter" stars have in the works.
Even before the final installment of the "Harry Potter" series ended, the Boy Who Lived surprised fans by starring without his invisibility cloak (or anything else) in the Broadway production of "Equus." Broadway would call him once again when he took another big risk, tackling musical theater in the show "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." From there he stepped into gothic horror in the movie "Woman in Black." Next on Radcliffe's slate, he'll play Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg in the film "Kill Your Darlings," alongside Elizabeth Olsen. The movie is slated for release in 2013.
Grintplayed Harry Potter's sidekick Ron Weasley in the film franchise. But this year he's stepping out of the powerful wizard's shadow and taking on some lead roles of his own. The red-headed actor has three films in pre-production and they're all very different. He'll follow his former co-star Radcliffe's foray into horror with a scary movie of his own called "Cross Country." Then he'll next portray the title character in "Eddie the Eagle," a movie about Britain's only Olympic ski-jumper. Then he'll leave his mark on the California surf-music scene, playing a William Morris mailroom intern who befriends Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys in "The Drummer." All three flicks are due out in 2013.
"Harry Potter's" smartest student still plans to pursue studies of her own, between Oxford University in England and her main school, Brown University. But she's also kept her foot in the filmmaking door. Watson completed production on the movie "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," which is based on a novel by the same name. That film hits theaters on September 21 of this year. She's also in pre-production on two other projects for 2013, "Your Voice in My Head" and "The Bling Ring," which is based on a real life group of young thieves who stole from celebrity targets.
Feltonfollowed-up his run as Draco Malfoy with perhaps the most high-profile post-Potter project, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Now he has six roles in films in various stages of production. He'll next be seen as Edward in the movie "From the Rough," which is slated for release later this year. And before 2013 is over, fans will have a chance to see him in "Night Wolf," "The Apparition," "Fangs of War 3D," "Therese Raquin" and "Grace and Danger."
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