Matthew Lewis to lead in next BBC Project

Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis has announced his next role as the lead in BBC’s newest project in a recent interview with the Independent! Matt is off to South Africa very soon to start filming. There’s no word, yet, about whether the project is to be a film or a series, but it is set to air on television in the spring of 2014.

In the interview, Matt also discussed his role in the Harry Potter saga, life after Potter, and the release of his most recent movie, The Rise:

When we got to Film 3, and I’d got quite tall and slimmed out a bit, they decided that they were uncomfortable with that and thought, ‘No, we need to make him a bit geeky looking’, or geekier, I should say, so they put me in a fat suit and false teeth. Looking back on it, it doesn’t really bother me at all, but at the time, when you’re going through puberty, and you’re on a film set with a lot of attractive girls anyway and then back at school as well, and you have to wear this fat suit and have this long greasy hair – oh, yeah, at the time, it was rubbish. It was really rubbish.

Matt also had this to say about The Rise:

It was supposed to be a nondescript northern town. But one of the things Rowan [Athale, the director] said was that he didn’t want it to be one of those typical knives, hoodies, guns, south London gangsta movies, which he felt, and I agree, have been done to death. For a start, he didn’t want any guns in the movie … he didn’t want it to be the typical glamorising of that entire world.

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