Daniel Radcliffe Set to Star in Hammer's The Woman In Black
by Alex Billington
July 19, 2010
He is Harry Potter no more. So what's he lining up next? Deadline / Variety confirm that Daniel Radcliffe will be starring in Hammer Films' new gothic thriller The Woman In Black. This is based on the "modern classic novel" The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story written by Susan Hill and illustrated by John Lawrence. Kick-Ass / Stardust writer Jane Goldman is adapting the script for James Watkins, of Eden Lake, to direct. Radcliffe will play young lawyer Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote pocket of Blighty to tend to a deceased client's papers. Kipps soon begins to uncover the ghostly secrets of the house and local village.
Hammer Films, a classic company behind a lot of the Christopher Lee horror flicks in the 70's, is preparing quite a comeback over the next few years, with other films like The Way Back and The Resident in the works as well. They're still going gothic though, but Variety says the 3D aspect of The Woman In Black has "been put on hold at present," which may be a smart decision. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall, so this will probably be one of Radcliffe's very next projects. I don't know much about the ghost story, but I'll admit I'm interested in seeing Radcliffe in whatever unique roles he follows up Harry Potter with. What about you?