‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint to Make Stage Debut in ‘Mojo’

'Harry Potter' Star Rupert Grint to Make Stage Debut in 'Mojo'

Ben Whishaw and "Downton Abbey" actor Brendan Coyle will co-star in West End production

Rupert Grint is shaking up his image as the sweet and lovable sidekick to a certain boy wizard.

The "Harry Potter" star will make his stage debut, playing a drug-addicted gangster in a West End revival of Jez Butterworth's "Mojo."

He will co-star with Ben Whishaw, the intense star of BBC's "The Hour" and Jane Campion's "Bright Star," and Brendan Coyle, better known as the loyal valet Mr. Bates on "Downton Abbey."

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First produced to great acclaim in 1995, "Mojo" is a darkly comic tale set in Soho during 1958. It centers on a fight for control of a popular night club and overflows with unsavory underworld characters.

"Mojo" will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 26, 2013. Ian Rickson, who directed the first production of the play, will perform similar duties this time around.

Butterworth has been a staple of the London theater scene for nearly two decades and recently scored a major triumph stateside with the Tony-winning "Jerusalem."

Since playing Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, Grint has taken roles in edgier fare like "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" and "CBGB."