Rupert Grint Joins Cast of “The Drummer”!

Rupert Grint Joins Cast of “The Drummer!”March 14th, 2012, 6:07pm–Variety and The Hollywood Reporter along with many major outlets are reporting that Rupert Grint has joined the cast of “The Drummer” along with Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Eckhart. The movie is a biopic based on The Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. Rupert will be playing Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at William Morris, who befriended Wilson during the last few years of the musician’s life.

This film is to be a major film role for Rupert and his first major film role since Harry Potter. We are inquiring with his reps right now and filming is to start in June. We will keep you updated on any new developments that come with this project. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: First, we have official word from Rupert’s reps that this film is indeed Rupert’s next project. Secondly has a quote from Randall Miller on Rupert’s role and casting: “And Miller has high hopes for Grint as Shapiro: “Rupert’s character is the window into Dennis’ world. He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it.” Thanks Masha!

UPDATE #2: Another quote from screenwriter Jody Savin: “He is a brilliant young actor whose range exceeds his already stunning body of work,” from On The Red Carpet.

33 Comments to "Rupert Grint Joins Cast of “The Drummer”!"

March 14th, 2012 at 6:25 PM


March 14th, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I must admit, for a while, I was really worried that Grint would turn into the “Ringo Starr” of the HP trio. Where as Emma found three or four really high profile gigs for next year (one with Sofia Coppola – very excited about that), Dan was in a Tony award nominated play and the highest grossing UK horror movie for some time. I was thinking, damn it, when will Rupert get a sweet gig.

So it’s nice to see time has finally caught up with him.

March 14th, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I think Rupert is being more careful about his selections. I’m glad he’s taking the time to do that. For this movie to have some big names attached to it, I’d say it’s a good choice.

March 14th, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I do understand the “comparison” but being a high record seller *yes he out sold even Paul at one time) and sold out concerts of which I did attend one of them. Ringo is far from a “faded” musican. Of course he’s 70 now soooo the slow down was inevitable. Jeez this is why I’m “fading” away from fandom.

March 14th, 2012 at 6:47 PM

So cool! *excited*

March 14th, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I’m so happy at the moment! I really don’t need much – just Rupert getting new roles :))

the cast is awesome! it’ll be great to see Rupert and Chloe in one film!

March 14th, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Me too, I’m very excited about this. Partly because I adore The Beach Boys.

March 14th, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I didn’t mean that Ringo Starr is untalented or anything. I’m just going on the assumption that while John/Paul/George were all talented writers, whose songs are ranked top 100 albums/song lists. While Ringo often was regarded as un-serious because he often had songs written for him.

I don’t agree with the assessment necessarily, but it’s often regarded that way.

March 14th, 2012 at 7:01 PM

“…And Miller has high hopes for Grint as Shapiro: “Rupert’s character is the window into Dennis’ world. He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it.”

March 14th, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Thanks Masha. I didn’t see you put it here, but I saw your comment on twitter and added it. :)

March 14th, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Sooooo excited!!!! Squeeeeee!!!!

March 14th, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Great news!

March 14th, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I’ve always thought Rupert’s future was in indie films. I think he’s unique and unconventional and a better fit for small films. So yay! Good for him!

March 14th, 2012 at 9:34 PM

This sounds like a good project and the cast is fantastic, Aaron Eckhardt, Vera Farminga and Chole Moretz are all such good actors. This is so exciting!

Rupert did say that he wanted to take some considerable time off after HP and that he would be very careful in choosing roles. I’m not surprised that he has taken this long for a new project. And it’s not like Rupert has done nothing over the past year either.

I completely disagree with comparing careers with Dan or Emma. It has no affect on Rupert’s career. And each are their own person and will inevitably take different paths. Who knows what will happen next? Maybe this new role will lead to others for Rupert. Or maybe Rupert has other offers but cannot announce just yet.

March 14th, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I really like the fact that Rupert is working with great cast /director , it doesn’t mind if it’s a big or an indie film. He can do the best in any case, I’m sure.

March 14th, 2012 at 9:52 PM

YEEEEEEEEY *0* I was hopping for that !!finally a big movie!can’t wait to see it!!sounds great!!—i hope that this one will come to brazil!i need to see him >.<

March 14th, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Good news! Rupert’s role does not sound to be another comedic role so that’s much much better
I agree though comparing careers is not good and I think being successful is not measured by the number of movies one makes but more of how you performed in those movies. Some of Rupert’s movie outside HP may have mixed reviews and one/two did not do well in the box office but his acting was consistently praised.

March 15th, 2012 at 1:38 AM

@ Aenna: I agree, there are some very prolific actors but most of their movies are not that great.. Quality over quantity, I guess.

I think this role is very different from any of Rupert’s previous roles and working with such great actors would only benefit Rupert.

March 15th, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Wow so happy this Rupert second big chance to become a part of Hollywood not only for hp but this will lead to new big projects for all countries

March 15th, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Do I understand the word ‘major’ wrong? I always thought Rupert’s first major film role since HP is gunner Smith!
And yes, I fully agree with Tao: Rupert obviously takes his time to sort out the movies and the characters, he wants to play and not just take any fame-raising role he gets offered.

March 15th, 2012 at 11:36 AM

i love rupert in indie movies, but i am glad that he’s doing a hollywood movie so people all over can see that he can really act. i’m also happy he’s doing an hollywood movie so now i won’t have to wait forever until i see it. and let’s be honest there will always be people out there who are going to compare the trio’s work. but i do think it was a smart choice on emma/dan part to do american films/shows to show people all over how serious they are about acting. but rupert skills are so great he didn’t have to do that right away. :)

March 15th, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I bet he has a lot of offers because of his association with HP if nothing else. Now he has a chance to be seen for more than “one of the Potter kids”. I see Tom Felton just got cast in a new major film. His career is one to watch as well, although he’s not nearly as interesting to me as Rupert. Rupert working an American accent should be fun!

March 15th, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m beyond thrilled. And while Gunner Smith is a big role in a not so small movie, Into the White isn’t a major movie. It might develop into a suprise worldwide hit – it certainly has the chance to – but “The Drummer” is a Hollywood project.. It’s not a blockbuster maybe, but a movie that will naturally get a wider distribution from the start, IMO. And the role sounds good too. Another chance for Rupert to show his variety and to hone his skills. I have to say though that I don’t know any of the other actors except Aaron Eckart.

March 15th, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’m also glad he’s taking this step because I always felt he might have stuck to indies because of those long Harry Potter shoots. He’s mentioned it before. Taking a role like this he’ll see that major Hollywood films without all the special effects and such won’t take as long as Harry Potter. It’s also a chance for him to really shine now. While Wild Target gave him that chance with actors such as Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy being so well known, it was a comedic role. This sounds like a very serious role and I just love the quotes from the director and screenwriter. :)

March 15th, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Such great News. You go Rupert :)

March 15th, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Tao, I agree. and living in the US , it is nice to see him do a film here. It’s all about trying new things and gaining experience. And to finally see a rupert movie in the theaters here maybe? lol

love the quotes from director and screenwriter. I wonder if the role was offered or he auditioned

March 15th, 2012 at 10:30 PM

This sounds like an interesting/different role and I agree we have better chances of seeing this movie.
Just an opinion – Maybe Rupert was the last one to bag a hollywood movie role because let’s face it, he was treated as the third wheel – dan is the lead, em is the only girl and rupert have to compete with dan. And as much as HP opened the door for Rupert to be an actor, he did not have much to work with in his role as Ron. The director and scriptwriter have their favorite (of course its not Rupert) and it shows in the movie. So its good tha inspite of it there are still people who don’t overlook him.
I just realized that chloe was the girl photographed with rupert back in 2010 during the empire awards, well that’s some reunion

March 16th, 2012 at 1:05 AM

really, no pressure.. he’s taking it slow just like he should. Rupert doesn’t need to compete with anyone, he doesn’t need to. there’s no reason for him to be desperate about his career. no rush.

I’m just happy knowing he’s going to be in L.A. this June, and I’m glad that I don’t have to miss him so much coz this confirms I’ll be seeing a lot of him continuously this year and onwards :)

March 16th, 2012 at 3:26 PM

OH MY OH MY OH MY!! And he will work with Chloe Moretz!! I love that girl!! 😀 This is amazing news!! I feel like squealing with joy!! YAAAAAAAAAAY!! 😀

March 16th, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Totally random, but I’ve just read on IMDB that the director of this film is the cousin of Rhea Pearlman, Danny DeVito’s wife 😀

March 16th, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Whether high or low profile film, I think all of us Rupert Grint fans will watch all of his movies……Cant wait for this one!

March 16th, 2012 at 6:27 PM

OMG That`s great news. I´m so excited to read about this new film :)

March 17th, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Great news. He´s always been the best of the trio. Good for him. GO RUP!

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