Leading roles in a ten-year HBO Harry Potter series are up for grabs, as its revealed the future stars could make millions.
A handful of actors will be picked through open calls, with casting to begin in nine months’ time.
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There has been much excitement over the announcement of the new series, but not from everyone, as some fans feel the remake takes away from the original stars.
There have also been calls to boycott the series due to JK Rowling’s comments on transgender people – with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint all publicly distancing themselves from the author over her views.
Leading roles in a ten-year HBO Harry Potter series are up for grabs, as its revealed the future stars could make millions
There have been calls to boycott the series due to JK Rowling’s comments on transgender people – with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (pictured as Harry, Herminoe and Ron) all publicly distancing themselves from the author over her views
Agents will be looking for children to sign onto their books this week so they can be put forward for the roles when casting does finally begin, according to founder of Hero Talent Group Nicola Tasker.
‘The casting team will do open calls on social media, go to local drama groups and contact all the child agencies,’ Ms Tasker, whose clients have been in Sex Education and The Great, told The Times.
‘It used to just be the big drama schools, but everything is more open now.’
All seven books will be revisited in the HBO series, which will span a decade, but filming is not set to start for at least a year.
There is also not yet a script writer or executive producer lined up for the project, however original producer David Heyman is suggested to be in talks to run the series.
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HBO and Max content chairman Casey Bloys said talks about who may star in the show have so far remained internal, as the project is in its early days.
But as the news has now been announced, they are set to go out to agencies in a bid to find the next child star.
Those picked to take on the iconic roles will see huge financial gain, with Radcliffe having earned a whopping £86 million by the end of the -eight-film franchise.
The films also proved economically valuable for the UK’s cinematic elite, with the late Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snap, becoming the eighth highest grossing actor of all time.
Emma Thompson, who earned £40 million as Professor Sybil Trelawney, said: ‘Absolutely everyone in Equity has been in it, including all my family, practically.’
And while the small screen often pays less than the big screen, stars in successfully long-running series can make as much as up to $1 million (£836k) per episode.
Concerns are often raised over how the funds of child actors are managed, with the US having strict rules regarding them only being paid to the children.
However in the UK, parents of child stars can withdraw an unlimited amount of the money their offspring earn.
HBO and Max content chairman Casey Bloys said talks about who may star in the show have so far remained internal, as the project is in its early days
The UK does offer protection regarding contracts for children however, with strict licensing on how long they can work, chaperoning and health and safety.
Matt McGibbon, of the Sylvia Young Agency said: ‘Children in the industry here are very well protected.’
The announcement of the series was met with mixed reactions, some of elation.
However there were calls from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to boycott the series as a result of JK Rowling’s views in transgender people.
Some of her views that sparked outraged included her anger at the term ‘people who menstruate’ and when she wrote a lengthy essay entitled ‘TERF wars’.
And she pinned a tweet to her account saying: ‘Men defining what a woman is, what women should and shouldn’t fear, what women should and shouldn’t say, what rights women should be fine with giving up and, of course, what constitutes ‘real’ misogyny: get a bloody mirror. That’s real misogyny, looking right back at you.’
And her three main stars of the film franchise have also spoke out against her, with Harry Potter Radcliffe writing: ‘Transgender women are women.
Actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe with author JK Rowling (second left) as they attend the ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on July 7, 2009 in London
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‘Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.’
Watson, who played Hermione Granger, wrote: ‘Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.
‘I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.’
And Grint, who played Ron Weasley, said in a statement to The Times: ‘I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.
‘Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.’
Despite fan backlash, Rowling expressed her support for the TV series. She said: ‘Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long form television series,’ according to The Mirror.
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