Stephen Fry is is to join Harry Potter star Rupert Grint in a new American Sitcom according to Chortle:
They will appear in a pilot episode of a planned new CBS show called Super Clyde, about a meek fast food worker who decides to become a superhero.
Grint – best known for playing Ron Weasley – will take the role of Clyde; Fry will be his sidekick, Randolph, the butler.
The show is being written by Greg Garcia, who previously created My Name Is Earl, Hollywood website Deadline reports.
The move could make Fry as big a name in the States as his former double-act parter Hugh Laurie, who achieved fame with House.
Earlier this week Fry was mobbed by the media in St Petersburg, where he met homophobic politician Vitaly Milonov for a two-part TV documentary, Out There, about being gay across the globe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
Garcia will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy under his new deal at CBS Television Studios. Super Clyde is one of two pilots the network has ordered from the showrunner, with an untitled family comedy also set up at the network. Mike Fresco(Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl) will direct the pilot.