Rupert Grint, who’ll always be Ron Weasley to us, is doing everything in his power to distance himself from the landmark role that made him a global superstar. Good luck with that. In his continuing effort to expand his acting career, Grint has grabbed two vastly different roles in what sound like mature, potentially raucous features. We’ll see how they play out.

According to Variety, Grint has landed a part opposite Shia LaBeouf in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, a thriller about an average Joe (LaBeouf) who falls head over heels in love with a girl who’s already the interest of a ruthless crime boss. So long as Grint isn’t being asked to play the mobster heavy, we whole-heartedly support this position … especially because it reportedly casts Evan Rachel Wood, presumably as the woman catching LaBeouf’s eye. Variety says Fredrik Bond is down to direct, working off of a script fromMatt Drake.

The second picture sounds equally intriguing. CBGB will be set in the early days of New York City’s legendary live-music club, casting Alan Rickman (SNAPE!!) as the venue’s owner, Hilly Kristal. Several prominent members of Manhattan’s punk and New Wave scene came out of CBGB’s, none more famous than The Ramones and Blondie. Grint, according to the trade, would play Cheetah Chrome, famed guitarist for The Dead Boys, fixtures of the club at that time.

A little bit of Countryman, and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Good choices for Grint, who has to work three times as hard as any other actor to distance himself from the robes and wands of the Harry Potter franchise. But he’s not alone. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson also are making bold choices in their acting decisions. Will they pay off? Will the audiences follow them? Time will tell.

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