Wesley MacInnes gets magical in the JK Rowling Story

Canadian actor/musician Wesley MacInnes is set to appear in the upcoming Lifetime Network film “Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story”. The film follows the tumultuous life of renowned author JK Rowling; creator of the wildly popular literary and film franchise “Harry Potter”. Wesley finished filming earlier this year in Victoria and Vancouver, which were transformed to represent various parts of the UK and Portugal. The film airs on Thursday, August 18th at 9PM on TMN.

Wesley portrays Rowling’s best friend throughout high school, Sean Harris – the real life inspiration for Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley. In preparation for the role, Wesley honed a number of skills, including solidifying his English accent, researching the real Sean Harris, and learning to drive an English standard transmission with no first gear. “It was the most amazing and interesting car I’ve ever had the pleasure to drive,” he said with a bit of a chuckle, referring to the old Ford Anglia used in the film. Rowling has said in interviews that this car in particular, and her time with Sean, were some of her fondest memories of long awaited freedom as a teenager; hence her decision to turn it into a flying Ford Anglia belonging to the Weasley family in the books/films. 

As a long time fan of the Potter books, Wesley was very pleased to step into the world of JK Rowling. “Getting the chance to play the real person behind an iconic character that I grew up with was a terrific experience that I won’t soon forget.” Alongside Wesley were veteran actors Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) as the adult JK Rowling, Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis) as Rowling’s father, and Madison Dejarlais (Marmaduke) as the teenage Rowling. 

Wesley has also been recently cast as a guest star on CBC’s sprawling family drama “Heartland”.  Set against the stunning vistas of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, “Heartland” enters its fifth season this fall, airing Sundays at 7pm on CBC, with the season premiere on September 18th 2011.  Wes is currently back and forth to his home province of Alberta filming for the new season, portraying the character Austin Mars.  Alongside him are Heartland regulars Amber Marshall (Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Shaun Johnston (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) and Graham Wardle (Supernatural).

The multi-talent is not only a versatile actor, but a musician as well. Wesley is launching his debut solo album this summer: Wes Mack-Green Flag. On the album Wesley sings and plays a variety of instruments, including: guitar, drums, bass and piano. He has successfully mixed elements of pop, country, rock and folk to create a unique and catchy melody-driven sound written and recorded over this last year. The new album contains a wealth of original songs as well as a few covers from the likes of Neil Young, John Denver and Ian Tyson. As part of the launch, the new music video for the album’s title track has been released and can be seen online at www.wesmack.com.

This charismatic young actor is widely recognized from his role as the villainous murderer ‘Icicle’ on the hit CW two-hour movie special “Smallville: Absolute Justice”. Wesley’s preparation for the role required hours of fight choreography and an extensive makeover to turn him into the complicated villain, whose incredible abilities include shooting ice bullets from his hands.

The up-and-comer also appeared in another hit CW show “The Vampire Diaries”, the television series that revolves around the life of a high-school girl torn between two vampire brothers. Wesley has also starred in an episode of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, one of the longest-running anthology series’ on television. Wesley played the 20 year-old version of George McCray, played by Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, I Robot, Barney’s Version), in the episode ‘”A Dog Named Christmas”. Wesley is proving his talent and passion for performing with every new project.

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