The Snatch TV series, based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 cult film of the same name, has found its star (and executive producer) with Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint, better known as red-headed outcast Ron Weasley. In the current over-saturated landscape of television and film reboots, prequels, and sequels, Snatch, a new crime drama from Sony’s streaming service Crackle, promises to tell a fresh story with new characters.
Of course, fans won’t be seeing the original movie stars Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, or even Benecio del Toro return for the television series, but some well-known TV heavy hitters have been added to the cast. Nick Renton (The Musketeers) is set to direct the straight-to-series comedy thriller. Dougray Scott (Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a regular and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) will appear as a recurring guest star.
The original Snatch gained quite a notorious following when it first hit theaters in the year 2000. The story, set in the London criminal underworld, follows two intertwined plots; one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, and the other with a small-time boxing promoter Turkish (Statham). However, the new television series, announced at Crackle’s upfront presentation will “carry the spirit of the setting in the film,” but create a new world with new characters.
These new characters include Charlie Cavendish (Grint) a chaotic and posh con man, Vic Hill (Scott), who continues the con game from inside prison and Sonny Castillo (Westwick) a night club owner. Snatch will center on a group of British twentysomething, up-and-coming criminals who stumble upon a truckload of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrown into the gritty, seedy underbelly of London. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the world of organized crime that’s already full of bad cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters, and local hustlers.
While Grint is a great casting choice, audiences may have a difficult time seeing him go from dorky wizard boy to hardened criminal. Many are already arguing why this series is even titled Snatch in the first place, considering it was already announced it will take place in a new world with new characters. Still, an adaptation in spirit rather than one that aims to retell the story from the original film may prove to be the right way to go. Ritchie’s original film was more notable for its ensemble cast and stylish direction than anything else, so in this case, a TV series could do well by emulating the movie’s distinctive energy and approach to storytelling.
Snatch is currently set to start production next week in Manchester, but does not have a release date yet.