“The Woman in Black” was a solid hit for Daniel Radcliffe’s post-”Harry Potter” career, so it looks like he’ll try to recreate that success with another supernatural thriller. Red Granite Pictures announced today Radcliffe will star in “Horns”, based on the novel by Joe Hill. Radcliffe is taking over a role that Shia LaBeouf had been attached to in 2011.
Radcliffe will play Ignatius Perrish, who becomes the number one suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams. On the first anniversary of her death, he spends the night drinking and wakes up with a monster hangover – as well as horns growing out of his head. He soon discovers his new appendages come with new powers, driving people “to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses.” Of course, he becomes obsessed with using his new powers to track down who really murdered Merrin and exacting revenge. Keith Bunin adapted the screenplay back in 2009, before the novel was even published, and Alex Aja will direct this fall.
“Harry Potter” himself has taken steady and deliberate career steps since the 8-part franchise ended last year. In addition to taking on small films like “The Woman in Black” (now slated for a sequel) and the upcoming Beats biopic “Kill Your Darlings” with Dane DeHaan and Elizabeth Olsen, Radcliffe is also a frequent stage thespian, taking on Broadway with roles in “Equus” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” to critical acclaim.