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Grint secures Macbeth film funding

HARRY Potter star Rupert Grint has helped conjure up the £150,000 needed from fans to get a "dark" version of Shakespeare's 'Scottish Play' Macbeth off the ground.

The deadline ran out on Saturday night by which time 2,500 backers had pledged the cash. Games of Thrones actor Sean Bean, who also starred as Boromir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and in Golden Eye, will take on the role of Macbeth with Grint - who rose to prominence as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series - playing Macbeth's cousin Ross. Vincent Regan's directorial debut - called Enemy of Man - will also star Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng, James D'Arcy and Neil Maskell. A proof of concept trailer has been unveiled and the film also launched a Kickstarter campaign for £150,000 in order to take the film into pre-production. People backing the project will be promised a range of benefits, from signed scripts to the opportunity to be named on the credits as a funding producer, depending on the level pledged.

Grint added: "I'm always waiting for that one that really grabs you - and a challenge as well I think - and that's what I felt about this. It's something quite out of my comfort zone just with the nature of the Shakespeare language." Bean, who previously performed in a stage version of the Scottish Play in London, said the idea was to have a Macbeth that was "not very word heavy kind of Shakespeare".

"Something that is new and that is dark and gives a completely new take on the play. I am just hoping we can get it together and make it work," he said. The dramatic landscape of Skye recently provided the stage for the latest big screen version of Shakespeare's Scottish Play. That new cinematic version of Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender in the title role.

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