Daniel Radcliffe Set to Lead 'You Shall Know Our Velocity' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
May 19, 2014
After getting our first look at the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks, another film based on the author's work is on the way. A press release from International Film Trust has announced from Cannes that Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe is continuing his interesting career following the international blockbuster sensation with an adaptation of Eggers' first novel You Shall Know Our Velocity from 2002. And directing is Peter Sollett, who previously brought book Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to the big screen and found indie success with Raising Victor Vargas.
For those who might not be familiar with the book, Eggers' debut tale follows two mismatched friends, Will (Radcliffe), bookish and lovingly awkward, and Hand (yet to be cast), bold and a self-proclaimed ladies’ man, who set out on a two week trip, equipped with round-the-world plane tickets and a $32,000 insurance payoff from their friend’s ill-fated car accident. The goal is to randomly and clumsily giveaway the windfall to those in need while taking their friend’s ashes to the Pyramids. Their journey takes them from Senegal to Morocco to Riga and finally Egypt with trouble waiting at every step of the way.
Journalist and short story writer Wells Tower is adapting the book with production scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. Radcliffe has taken on an interesting array of projects to follow his breakthrough role in the Harry Potter franchise. So far he's taken on horror in The Woman in Black, indie biographical drama in Kill Your Darlings, romantic comedy in the forthcoming What If and the adaptation of the dark thriller Horns. He's also been busy on Broadway with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Equus. Knowing how great Eggers' novel is, this sounds like another promising piece of work.