Rupert GrintHe's played young wizard Ron Weasley in eight Harry Potter films, made a few independent movies on the side, bought an ice cream van and made it onto the Forbes list of Top Twenty Earners Under 25 - so what's next for Rupert Grint?

Well, in a boost that would be good for anyone's ego, the one and only Martin Scorsese has said that he wouldn't hesitate to cast the 21-year old as a gangster and that Grint could be the next Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to The Sun, the award-winning director said, "I thought he was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it's important he doesn't become typecast."

Read more about Scorsese's opinion on Rupert Grint after the jump... Rupert GrintHe's played young wizard Ron Weasley in eight Harry Potter films, made a few independent movies on the side, bought an ice cream van and made it onto the Forbes list of Top Twenty Earners Under 25 - so what's next for Rupert Grint?

Well, in a boost that would be good for anyone's ego, the one and only Martin Scorsese has said that he wouldn't hesitate to cast the 21-year old as a gangster and that Grint could be the next Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to The Sun, the award-winning director said, "I thought he was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it's important he doesn't become typecast."

Scorsese added: "He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years - play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties. I would be interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man."

Comparing Grint to DiCaprio, the director said "[DiCaprio] has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true for Rupert."

That's great news for Grint, who recently wrapped up filming on the second part of the last Potter film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Should Scorsese get his wish and cast him as a bad boy, let's hope Grint does a better American accent than dear old Ray Winstone managed in Scorsese's own 2006 film The Departed...

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