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.”