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Daniel Radcliffe Takes Lead in Alexandre Aja's Adaptation of 'Horns'

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July 13, 2012
Source: Variety

Daniel Radcliffe / Horns

Since leaving Hogwarts behind, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has been working hard to carve a career for himself outside of witchcraft and wizardry. He starred in the horror flick The Woman in Black (though he likely won't reprise his role in the upcoming sequel), and he also stars as Alan Ginsberg alongside up-and-comer Elizabeth Olsen in Kill Your Darlings. But here's a part that seems like it could be his next big memorable role. Variety reports Radcliffe is now taking over for Shia LaBeouf in the adaptation of Joe Hill's (son of Stephen King) novel Horns, to be directed by Piranha 3D helmer Alexandre Aja.

The story follows a 26-year-old man who wakes up after a nasty hangover to find that his girlfriend has been raped and murdered, and he's the lead suspect. Not only that, he discovers horns growing out of his head that grant him the power to make people confess their sins, which comes in handy as he searches for his girlfriend's killer and prepares for revenge. Sounds like a pretty wild story that's unlike anything we've seen on screen before, so color me interested.

For comic fans among you, it sounds like it may have been influenced by the classic comic Preacher, which has also been trying to make it to the big screen for years. Radcliffe seems like a good replacement, though as an admitted LaBeouf fanboy, I've gotta admit I'm a little bummed that he's no longer involved. Either way, Horns sounds like a fresh concept with a ton of potential, so we're glad it's finally getting made and look forward to the final product coming together sooner than later. Interested?

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  • Ee
    Piranha 3D director? Nuff sed I suppose.
  • BeepBeepRichie
    The book is amazing. Joe Hill knows how to masterfully build sympathy through his characters, making you care what happens to them when they go through the worst; unlike those two-dimensional kids Freddy and Jason kill off. Can't wait! Also Ben, HORNS is much better and completely different from "Preacher." That said, you are right about Shia: he would've made a great Iggy.
  • http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenPessimist Jon Odishaw
    This sounds like a promising premise. Though Aja's work has left something to be desired.
  • http://www.facebook.com/bartosz.adamczyk.10 Bartosz Adamczyk
    "Piranha 3D director? Nuff sed I suppose" there's more into him than his last directorial effort - watch his first french-speaking movie "heute tension".
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    I think LaBeouf can be over the top sometimes, and Radcliffe has the ability to add subtlety. I like the change.
    • BeepBeepRichie
      Maybe, but there are poignant moments in HORNS that Shia would've nailed. For reference, watch the opening scene of DISTURBIA, or the funeral scene in EAGLE EYE.
      • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
        True, but only a few example. Although I think Shia may mature more over time. I'm just impressed with Radcliffe more right now.
  • tati is not a twit
    This was a terrific book! I bought Heart-Shaped Box after I read this one and found it to be even creepier :)
  • Jon Lonnegan
    In what way does this sound like Preacher? Seriously curious.
  • Burnsy
    I really wanted Shia in this role. Ir think he would have been way better Daniel.
  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.ok.1 Eve Ok
    He needs to bring back the "High Tension" flair. If the let him do what he wants, this may be a great piece. I really hope Piranha 3D was just a whore project. (no pun intended, well, sorta) I LOVE that book. It deserves a decent adaptation.

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