Get ready, witches and wizards, because one of the original actors from the Harry Potter movies may be joining the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Yep, Warner Bros. just announced who will be starring in the play this year, and they dropped a major clue that Rupert Grint may be reprising his role as Ron Weasley!
As fans know, there were eight HP movies in total, which were based off of J.K. Rowling‘s epic book series. In 2016, the author continued the story when she released a two-part play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which went on to become a Broadway show. It takes place 20 years later — when Harry, Ron and Hermione are adults — and it follows their kids as they set out on their own adventures at Hogwarts.
In a YouTube video uploaded on Monday, February 3, Broadway actor James Snyder (who plays Harry Potter in the play!) introduced some of the new cast members to the audience. But when it came time for viewers to see who would be starring as Ron, everyone in the room noticed that the actor wasn’t there. James decided to FaceTime him, and although viewers couldn’t see who answered the phone, they heard a mysterious British voice say, “Hello mate,” before the words, “To be continued,” flashed across the screen.
Fans quickly took to social media to try to analyze who may be starring as the red haired wizard that everyone knows and loves, and some started to speculate that the mysterious voice sounded a lot like Rupert’s. Others have theorized that the voice belonged to Paul Thornley — the actor who played Ron in the first year of the show — and that he’s returning to the stage.
Previously, Rupert admitted that he would be totally down to star in the play.
“Never say never!” the 31-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. “I saw [the play] in London a few years ago. It’s incredible! It’s quite a strange, out-of-body experience to see. It’s a great story. It’s kind of a genius extension of those characters. But I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about that.”
“You never want to close a door on anything, especially something that’s been so good to me,” he explained. “But I do think, at the moment, I’m definitely not at a stage where I would feel comfortable going back to it. Who knows if in 10, 20 years I would feel differently about that, and I think I’ve got a little while before I’m sort of age-appropriate for this Harry.”
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