Will the Harry Potter Kids Still Be Famous After 2011?02/17/2011, Leslie Gornstein
Saying goodbye to Harry and Hermione and Ron—oh, the mere idea probably has you weeping and reaching for your Pensieve to relive the old days, before Hermione got her Brazilian blowout, and Dumbledore floated up to his glowing wizard bench in the sky.
Weep not, muggle, for I have good news:
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Let's start with the boy who lived himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
He just announced a role in an indie comedy called The Amateur Photographer. Per Variety, Radcliffe plays a resident of a mill town in the 1970s. The character starts photographing the "most intimate moments" of the townspeople's lives, before rousting the "local authorities while bringing a bit of a velvet revolution to the community."
Not exactly mainstream fare.
But then again, Radcliffe is still attached to a new version of the war classic All Quiet on the Western Front. And if that isn't Oscar bait, I don't know what is. (Oscar bait, of course, means Oscar campaigning, and red carpets, and all the renewed fame therein.)
Like Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron, she really never has to work again. If she wants to do obscure Norwegian indies for the rest of her days, she can.
But she won't.
Yes, Watson has agreed to a mere supporting role in the upcoming Michelle Williams flick My Week With Marilyn. But there a chance that she could enjoy a huge publicity comeback, if a certain rumor is true.
The rumor: That she will costar with a kid named Taylor Lautner in a big-studio fantasy called Incarceron. (Watson's people couldn't be reached to confirm or deny, but if Watson is even considering stuff like this, she'll never really disappear.)
Finally: Rupert Grint.
He has fewer big-budget projects lined up, compared with his fellow child wizards. Then again: Living legend director Martin Scorsese already has voiced his confidence in Grint's long-term promise as an actor.
And that has to count for something.