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?
Jane goldman scripted Stardust and Kick-ass? Maybe I'll have to see that afterall. This sounds like an interesting story too by the way. Hope it comes out well.
Eli on Jul 19, 2010
Fantastic! It's been running in the West end forever, and is supposed to be extraordinarily frightening. I too am looking forward to seeing what DanR would do afterwards. I am so seeing this! (and his broadway musical- I am taking my young niece to see that one!)
Brenna on Jul 19, 2010
Cool ... Nice to see he's not allowing himself to be typecast like Mark Hamil.
Hattori Hanzo on Jul 19, 2010
Between this next project and his on stage performance I don't see how he will be typecast like I thought he would be. Nice to see a child actor turned real actor.
Hedgehog on Jul 19, 2010
The Woman in Black has already been adapted to screen - there was an TV version around 1990 that was quite superb. Sadly it seems caught up in legal issues as has yet to have a proper DVD release. Shame, as it really was very chilling. Check it out on IMDB.
sleepykid on Jul 19, 2010
Awesome. I can't wait to see it. Daniel Radcliffe is such a talented young actor. He sure is racking up the post-Potter roles. Now, he's got "How to Succeed in Business...," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Woman in Black," and "Journey is the Destination." Go Dan!
Gabby on Jul 19, 2010
well im glad Hammer is back into doing movies, but seeing this guy as Harry Potter for so long...be a little hard not to think its wierd........
Jericho on Jul 19, 2010
Nice, can't wait.
Xerxex on Jul 19, 2010
this story sounds excellent........... with this and "ghost of slaughterford" - hopefully both will be quality ghost-story movies.
beavis on Jul 19, 2010
Awesome. I've always been a big fan of him.
Monica on Jul 20, 2010
good to see Hammer Films is makeing a comeback...really liked them in their day...
blasphemer on Jul 20, 2010
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