Monday, July 19, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe joins The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe is to star in a remake of supernatural thriller The Woman In Black.

The film will be an adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman In Black which was also adapted for the stage and has been running successfully in London's West End since 1989.

The 20 year old Harry Potter actor has been cast as Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor who travels to a deceased client's home to settle her estate. While in the house, he encounters the eponymous woman in black and uncovers the home's disturbing legacy.

James Watkins (Eden Lake) is directing the movie from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), it is due to start shooting this September and a 2011 release is planned.

“When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can’t wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone,” said Watkins.

Producer Simon Oakes continued, “We’re thrilled to have Daniel on board, I can think of no better actor to play the role of Arthur Kipps.  I’m confident that under the direction of James Watkins, he’ll take Jane Goldman’s script and deliver an utterly intense and compelling performance.”

Daniel Radcliffe said, “I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman In Black. Jane Goldman’s script is beautifully written – both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film.”

Daniel wrapped production for Deathly Hallows I and II in June. He is reportedly also attached to portray the lead character in All Quiet on the Western Front which revolves around a German soldier at World War I.

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