We will see another side of Adolf Hitler in the upcoming satirical drama Adolf the Artist which stars former Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) who will play the role of young Hitler and Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) who has been cast as Hitler’s teenage friend August Kubizek. Grint’s unofficial fan site has the synopsis for the upcoming series:
Adolf Hitler has been portrayed on screen many times – but never like this! Adolf the Artist is a satirical drama starring Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), telling the little-known tale of a young Adolf, before politics and before war, when all he could dream about was becoming a famous painter. Historically accurate, this imagining of the young pre-tyrant is comedic in its approach and sees him at a crossroads in his life, when “his struggle” was purely about not being a good enough artist. In 1907, an 18-year-old Hitler applied to the prestigious Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, certain that his genius would be recognized. It wasn’t. He resolved to re-apply the following year and moved to Vienna, hopeful that living amongst artists would rub off on him. Not one to let himself go, Hitler found the opium-taking, schnapps-swilling, sexual experimentation of his fellow artists somewhat irritating and as he’d not yet developed into a demagogic ranter, no-one listened. They didn’t have to. Yet. This story follows Adolf in the run-up to retaking the entrance exam, burdened by temper tantrums and an oddball dress sense, and desperately trying to improve as an artist and gain recognition.
Independent caught up with Rheon who doesn’t think he is being typecast in negative roles because this series will show a never seen before side of Adolf Hitler:
“It didn’t feel like playing Hitler because this was before all the horrible things he did.”
The Welsh actor also spoke about male nudity and said he’s open to it if that’s the demand of the scene:
“If it was right for the scene then yeah, I would. I mean Emilia coming out of the fire, she’s got to be naked because otherwise why is she wearing asbestos clothes? But then whether it’s distracting to have a willy waggling round in a scene and whether it’s going to make everyone go… I’m walking into a minefield really, aren’t I?”