Rupert Grint has traded in his wand for the Olympic Torch.
The “Harry Potter” star is scheduled to carry the flame from Middlesex University on Wednesday.
“It’s really exciting,” Grint told MTV News on the set of his new movie “CBGB” in Savannah, Georgia. “I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympics and [have] always [wanted] to get involved with it.”
The 70-day Torch Relay began on May 19 in Land’s End and will travel through 1,019 communities before ending its journey around the U.K. at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. The flame will then remain lit until it is extinguished at the Closing Ceremony on August 12.
“It’s a really historical kind of event, and I don’t think in my lifetime there’ll be another Olympics in London, so yeah, I feel really honored to be part of it,” Grint said.
Grint will join 7,999 other Torchbearers including will.i.am, Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm, “X-Men: First Class” star James McAvoy and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Sir Patrick Stewart.
And even though the 23-year-old actor is getting to see the flame firsthand, he may be watching the Games from the couch: “I haven’t gotten any tickets yet, so we’ll see.”
Nonetheless, Grint is looking forward to the Games. His favorite event? “I like all the athletic and track kind of events,” he replied. “I like the hammer throw; all the weird ones [are] pretty cool.”
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