Everyone’s favorite British ginger wizard, Rupert Grint, has another project on his plate: amateur superhero. The Hollywood Reporter is officially reporting that the British actor has been cast as Clyde in Super Clyde, a new CBS pilot from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia.
The comedy pilot from Raising Hope’s Greg Garcia centers on a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who decides to become a superhero.
Grint will play the title role of Clyde, the well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never really feels like he fits in. The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild-to-severe anxiety issues who wishes he were a superhero himself. When Clyde gets a $100,000-a-month inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill, he decides that the cash will be his secret superpower and will use it only for good and reward the good-hearted.
It seems as though Super Clyde may be intended as a television combination of Kick Ass and Batman – although entirely different at the same time. Still, having seen Grint’s acting in films beyond Potter, we’re confident that he has the chops to play the character described by the show’s pitch.
This won’t be Rupert Grint’s first job since Harry Potter – but it will mark his first TV debut as a recurring (and main) character. The actor has had successful roles in films such as Cherrybomb and Driving Lessons.
If this pilot is picked up for a first season on CBS, it’ll premiere this fall. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more news!