May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Daniel Radcliffe is making a very nice transition from “Harry Potter” to serious actor, and now adds another intriguing project to his growing portfolio. Deadline reports Radcliffe is set to star in crime thriller “Tokyo Vice”, which is based on the real experiences of American journalist Jake Adelstein.
Anthony Mandler will direct the film in early 2014, and Radcliffe will play Adelstein circa the early 90s, when he had the distinction of being the very first American journalist working in the Japanese language as a reporter in Japan. While working for the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, Adelstein covered the crime beat and ran afoul of yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, often referred to as “the John Ghotti of Japan”, when he began investigating how Goto was able to enter the United States for a liver transplant. Goto’s enforcers put Adelstein’s job and life in jeopardy with death threats as a result.
After becoming an international movie star at a very young age thanks to eight massively popular “Harry Potter” movies, Radcliffe quickly cast off the typecasting and made smart post-franchise role choices. Surprise horror hit “The Woman in Black” helped, as did a revealing turn on the West End and Broadway stage in “Equus.” He’ll next be seen as Beat writer Allen Ginsburg in “Kill Your Darlings” alongside Dane DeHaan and Elizabeth Olsen and stars opposite Zoe Kazan in indie rom com “The F Word” as well as supernatural thriller “Horns.” And even with a new adaptation of “Frankenstein” also in the books, he’s still fitting in theater work, this summer returning to the West End in “The Cripple Of Inishmaan.”
March 1, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Daniel Radcliffe continues to make smart and interesting career decisions post his “Harry Potter“-franchise days. In his next move, the British actor is final negotiations to star as Igor in the classic tale “Frankenstein”.
Variety reports that the film, based on Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel, will begin filming in the fall froma script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”) and Paul McGuigan in the director’s chair.
Eagle-eyed readers may note that in Shelley’s novel, there is no character called Igor. Igor is a creation from the early 20th century Frankenstein , and is usually portrayed as the tradional hunchbacked assistant – certainly a departure for Radcliffe.
After reaching worldwide fame as Harry Potter in the insanely popular Harry Potter franchise, Radcliffe has refused to be typecast. He starred in horror flick “The Woman In Black” before being cast as iconic Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the indie drama “Kill Your Darlings“, which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim. He will also star in his first romantic comedy, “The F Word”, opposite Zoe Kazan, and head back to the supernatural in thriller “Horns“.
September 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Juno Temple, Joe Anderson and Kelli Garner are in talks to join Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella in supernatural thriller “Horns”, according to Variety.
Under the direction of Alex Aja, Radcliffe will play Ignatius Perrish in this adaptation of the Joe Hill bestseller, a man who, on the anniversary of the murder of his beloved girlfriend, grows horns and supernatural powers, the ability to drive people “to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses.” Minghella plays a district attorney with a hidden dark side, and Temple is lining up the role of the dead girlfriend. No word on who Anderson and Garner will play, but filming begins this fall, so more details should emerge soon.
Temple recently wrapped up shooting on thriller “Magic Magic” and will next be seen opposite Amanda Seyfried in “Lovelace”, and is currently filming Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Anderson and Garner had always been promising rising stars on film (“Across the Universe” for him, “Lars and the Real Girl” for her), but both took a detour to TV last season, Anderson with “The River” and Garner with “Pan Am”, both ABC shows that will not see a second season.
July 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are set to make an intriguing onscreen couple in new indie romantic comedy “The F Word”, according to Variety.
The F here stands for “Friend”, with Radcliffe playing a young man determined to remain “just friends” with the girl he likes (Kazan). That may prove to be easier or more difficult, depending on your perspective, when she reveals she’s already in a relationship with someone else. Based on the play “Toothpaste and Cigars” by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, Michael Dowse will direct from a 2008 Black List script by Elan Mastai. Filming is scheduled to begin o August 15th in Toronto.
“Harry Potter” himself may seem the most unlikely of indie stars, but he’s had a pretty good post-”Potter” run so far with films like low budget horror “The Woman in Black” and the upcoming Beat generation biopic “Kill Your Darlings”, in which he plays Allen Ginsberg. After “The F Word” he will star in sci-fi/fantasy thriller “Horns.”
Kazan, meanwhile, should feel right at home in this quirky indie comedy genre as the writer and star of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming “Ruby Sparks” (which we really liked). She’s currently filming another offbeat indie rom com, “The Pretty One”, opposite “New Girl” star Jake Johnson, and has wrapped up Joss Whedon-scripted sci-fi romance “In Your Eyes.”
July 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“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.