The bloke who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies will next be tackling another British staple: the films of Guy Ritchie. Deadline reports that actor Rupert Grint will star in and executive produce a new Crackle series based on Ritchie’s cult hit Snatch.
Ritchie’s 2000 film starred Jason Statham and involved a twisty plot involving gangsters, boxing, a stolen diamond, and an incomprehensible Brad Pitt. Crackle, Sony’s free streaming service, has given Snatch a straight-to-series order. In addition to Grint, the cast includes Dougray Scott (Fear the Walking Dead) and Ed Westwick (Wicked City). The series was created by Alex De Rakoff, who will serve as head writer.
While the series is inspired by Ritchie’s film, it will put its own spin on things and involve new characters. Grint plays con man Charlie Cavendish — a far cry from his Weasley days.
Here’s how Deadline describes the storyline:
Inspired by a real life heist in London, Snatch, centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.
Sony’s free streaming service had originally just been a repository for various movies and shows owned by the studio. However, it has been aggressively developing original content for a while now. Crackle’s most buzzed-about series is Jerry Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Last year they debuted The Art of More, a drama set in the world of New York art auctions starring Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Kate Bosworth. The Martin Freeman crime series StartUp is also due to premiere in the fall.
Snatch begins production soon in Manchester, England. Crackle has a 10-episode season slated for premiere in 2017.