Daniel Radcliffe to Lead Gritty Crime Thriller Adapdation 'Tokyo Vice'
by Ethan Anderton
May 1, 2013
Following the star-making run as the titular boy wizard in the Harry Potter franchise, British actor Daniel Radcliffe has been taking some pretty dark and interesting roles. His turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings received plenty of praise at Sundance in January, and this fall he'll be seen in the adaptation of Horns from writer Joe Hill (son of Stephen King). Now Radcliffe has lined up another gritty project in the form of Tokyo Vice, an adaptation of Jake Adelstein's memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, which chronicles the surprising danger and intrigue that happened there. More below!
Deadline reports Radcliffe will play Adelstein, an American reporter working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper in Tokyo where he worked the crime beat. However, Adelstein ended up getting into trouble with Yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, who has been called the John Gotti of Japan. Here's a more specific description of the reporter's exploits overseas:
Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.
Adelstein will be working with playwright J.T. Rogers on the script for the film which will be directed by Anthony Mandler, making his feature film debut after directing commercials and music videos for names like John Mayer, Jay-Z, Rihanna, The Killers and many more. Mandler has been looking to break into films for a little while, and he's also attached to direct The Last Days of American Crime at some point. Having Radcliffe aboard this project will certainly mean a bigger audience, especially since many Harry Potter fans have matured since the franchise started over 10 years ago. This one sounds like it would be yet another eclectic choice for the actor who is also attached to a new take on Frankenstein, so stay tuned for more.