Daniel Radcliffe as an Undercover Neo-Nazi in First 'Imperium' Trailer

July 5, 2016
Source: YouTube

Imperium Trailer

"Just because you're not looking at something, doesn't mean it's not there." Lionsgate has unveiled a trailer for a film called Imperium, starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young "analyst" who goes undercover as a Neo-Nazi in order to figure out the inner-workings and help take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. This actually looks quite intriguing, with Radcliffe going all-in with this role. The full cast includes Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, with Nestor Carbonell, Burn Gorman and Sam Trammell. I'm impressed by the choices Radcliffe has been making ever since Harry Potter, he seems to enjoy challenging himself with unique roles working with up-and-coming filmmakers, and it's refreshing. This looks like it could be good.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Daniel Ragussis' Imperium, direct from Lionsgate's YouTube:

Imperium Poster

Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy. Imperium is both written and directed by filmmaker Daniel Ragussis, making his feature directing debut after a couple of short films (Word Is Bond, Haber) previously. Based on a story by Michael German, inspired by real events. This film has not premiered at any festivals yet. Lionsgate will release Imperium in select theaters + on VOD starting August 19th later this summer. Interested in seeing this?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


I appreciate the challenging role, and am becoming a big fan of Radcliffe, especially after watching Swiss Army Man, but this one seems a bit weak to me. Acting/writing feels on the nose.

Zen on Jul 5, 2016


I get what you are saying...almost seems like a David Ayer flick.

DAVIDPD on Jul 5, 2016


I'm quite surprised by Daniel Radcliffe. I never thought he'll do anything special after Harry Potter, but man, he's relentless. Film after film he tries harder and harder and there's quite a chance he'll make something of himself as an actor. Especially, since movies with him are never quite good, but are getting better and better ...

shiboleth on Jul 5, 2016


He was amazing in Swiss Army Man.

Ben Nesvig on Jul 5, 2016


That is probably true. But I also have to be honest: I prefer Paul Dano and, for me, he's better reason to watch that funny flick. But then again, Radcliffe might also be good judging from said above, right?

shiboleth on Jul 6, 2016


I agree. I also don't agree with some of the assessments above of his work. I wouldn't be caught dead watching a Harry Potter movie; not cup of tea. I think he came across quite decently in this trailer. It looks like this could be a pretty good movie with Radcliffe doing a good job of it.

Guest on Jul 6, 2016


Don't worry Bo, I'm definitely not fun of Harry Potter but my daughter is and that has the consequences you just can't imagine. Who's gonna take her to movie theater, what do you think? Oh man, I saw so many childish movies I didn't want to. Seeing her happy, on the other side, was also a good part of it ... But, she's getting older and in a few years I'll be free from those hard experiences ...

shiboleth on Jul 6, 2016


Now that's pretty funny, shiboleth. I too took my daughter to the movies a lot, but the times were different back then. She was born in 1968 so there weren't all these childish movies. I differ from you in that I wouldn't have taken her to see any of them I took her to movies I wanted to see, which included subtitled foreign films which she learned how to watch and read the subtitles, and discussed all these films with her afterwards. Only problem these days is she can't find a guy who likes the kind of movies she likes or even really knows what a good film thing. Actually, I think her husband, who is a musician is pretty smart about films too. Cheers!

Guest on Jul 6, 2016


And that's a matter of perspective. When you live in Europe things look different. English speaking culture is something that comes from the outside and you react on it. In fact, I (and everybody else in Europe with such interests) have multilayered job, if I could say so. Learning English culture and other cultures is made to be in tune with many different cultures. Spanish, French, German, Russian movies and books that are out of focus in US (for the most, I guess) are very much present here. And some others, not necessary European, of course. My daughter is close to that and is also watching a lot of movies that you would call subtitled. And reads a lot of non-English stuff. Oh yes, don't worry, she prefers more and more those, not for everyone, films (whatever that means). She likes English language and English speaking culture (like all true European girl willing to learn different languages and cultures) but mostly she's much more interested in Roman culture, learning French language and culture (which she plans to study along with the anthropology - and she's thirteen so we still have to see is that really going to happen). Learning German language for her is investment in future. But Harry Potter was an exercise in English language for her because she mostly read all those books about his, huh, adventures, in English. Movies just came along, she prefers books. That new film about it, something about the Beasts-and-where-to-find-them related to it is not interesting for her anymore. She's passed that. Bo, I just described in my previous very shortly post her growing up. And believe me, it's quite different today than it was twenty or thirty years ago ... Cheers!

shiboleth on Jul 7, 2016


Thank you for this reply, shiboleth. As always, I really enjoyed reading it. I love that it sounds like you have a terrific relationship with your daughter. I sure did with mine. Some of my friends would comment on how good a father I was and how did I do it. I just shrugged and told them it was really easy in that I just loved her and loved being with her and tried very consciously to not do the things my parents did that I didn't like. I find myself quite sure that European culture is much more intelligent and interesting than U.S. culture. It's a bit disturbing how vapid and downright dumb so much of our culture is now. This is certainly reflected in the movies being made today for mass audiences. There is still a very intelligent and aesthetic aware minority here and I read and expose myself to their expressions as much as possible. It's pretty widely accepted that the movie going audiences here have been infantilized by these popular movies and continue to be. I love the fact that you are aware of all this and that you have such a curious and intelligent and self-aware daughter. For us fathers, especially father's of daughters, that can be one of life's great satisfactions. Take care and as always, it's very enjoyable to communicate with you and exchange thoughts and perceptions. Peace.

Guest on Jul 7, 2016


Cool post. Thanks for your reply, too. I wouldn't react back (which means, I would wait for another occasion) but there's a recurring subject in your thoughts that I feel need to comment. It's about the difference between American and European culture. You're not the first one from US to be disappointed in US culture and society, I also met some other, let's say, 'Europeanized' Americans who lament about bleakness and shallowness of American culture. Roughly said, some in Europe believe that American culture is made of Mickey Mouse, westerns and Captain America (maybe some Star Wars can be added to it). Mostly, for some Europeans, that's all there's to it. More than that, if you can find some American to read the book, it is mostly literature and comics and hardly something about social sciences or philosophy. As for the music, country, blues, pop and rock are nice but not classic. And so on, and on ... I don't belong to them. Of course, there might be something to it, but I think US is a kind of diversity in this world that has to be considered as different and discovered in what can be understood as authentic in a way some other cultures are not. However, I think US has horrible political and economic (social) culture and that's the reason I probably wouldn't like to live there if I don't have to. But I wouldn't condemn everything else for it. However, I would like to travel across that country because I find it very beautiful and interesting. I believe you caught my view about the US. As for Europe, it also shouldn't be considered as idealistic making. As for the politics, culture and society there's a lot of something I would call an Eurotrash (nationalism, shallow politicking, cheap ideas for culture made for crowd pleasing and more). Yes, not everything is great here either. It can also look in some respects like the American case. And also, people can be very ignorant regarding many important things. Ok, it's true, a lot of people is interested in culture here, that's true since they consider culture as a part of their identity. A lot of book, film and theater festivals are having a nice number of visitors. And there are no guns here, they are not allowed to be carried freely. And yes, political and economic culture can be better than US is. But not necessarily and not always. Simply said, from my point of view nothing is ideal and I don't believe I live in favorable part of the world. Well, in some respect I do, but not always and not absolutely. I guess, I wanted to tell you, Europe can look good, but it's not ideal either. Somehow, from your point of view, US seems like disappointment and Europe, from my point of view, looks like unfinished and with a perspective of a good historical project. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jul 8, 2016


I'm kinda chuckling a bit having just read your post, shibboleth. It's a lot to chew on and I could probably go on forever in reply. I won' to say...I live in the U.S. because I've traveled the world and haven't found a better place to live. It really is that simple. I think the basic foundation for the problems with American culture is that it is a capitalistic culture. Money. Making money is the most important activity here and because of that real artistic endeavors are pretty much extinct. It's all about making money and doing that on the huge scale American culture is obsessed with means appealing to as many people as possible. Catering to the very, very lowest of the lowest common denominator. Which means the uneducated, herd mentality masses. There is no art coming out of America. Only huge money making endeavors designed to entertain and mesmerize the masses into a stupor where they willingly and without awareness spend their dollars in order to stay distracted and protected from the reality of the world around them. These masses, with the herd mentality, are everywhere. Here, Europe, etc. It's all about appealing to them and making money. There simply is not any pure artistic expression any longer. Artist who create as a reaction to the world around them. Oh sure...there are exceptions to this, but these exceptions are so few and far between it's nearly impossible for the artist to get there work into the culture and just as difficult for those people who love artistic all fields. Films, paintings, sculpture, writing, etc. etc. So, yes, I live in the U.S. out of a very conscious choice and do not idealize Europe or anywhere else. I do seem to like European films a lot more then the typical U.S. product, but I'm guilty of enjoying the many cultural offerings here in America. They are just so easily accessible and so numerous as one has many different choices at hand. I live in Hollywood in a part of the city where I very rarely drive and walk most any place I need to go. I'm a bit of a recluse and spend 95% of my time alone. No body I'd rather hang out with more than myself, I Still, I've got my 55" Samsung Flat Panel TV with my cable hook-up to all the many different film channels and there's really no need to go anywhere. I read a lot. A lot. Maybe 75 to 100 books a year. I enjoy many of the European fiction writers...Jo Nesbo...Benjamin Black from Ireland, Ken Bruen from England, I believe, is very good, Henning Mankell from Sweden...I suppose these books might be classified as being in the crime genre, but to me they are much, much more. Very existential and dealing with the rough, raw experience of the human condition. So, yea, I love living in America as it's easier to do for me on the bare, bare minimum, but I'm very aware of the horror of our political nonsense and the vapidness of our culture in general. But hey, ya gotta live somewhere, and like I said, if I'd of found a better place to live I'd be there. The world in general is not a very idealized place to be, but I've found the only way to handle that is to be as aware and conscious of self and the world as one can be. Ignorance is not bliss!! Take care. I love the discussion of films as there are people such as ourselves that are triggered by certain films into discussions such as the one we've been having here. I enjoy it immensely. And you live where. Croatia, right? Forgive me....I'm 70 and my memory isn't what it once Brando uttered at the end of Apocalypse Now....the horror...the horror...actually, that was based on a very, very good book by Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness. Are you familiar with it...or Conrad? Peter O'Toole was in another very good film based on a Conrad book titled Lord Jim. A must see film, for sure. Cheers!

Guest on Jul 8, 2016


Needs more Kevin Durand.

DAVIDPD on Jul 5, 2016


Poorly cut trailer.

Quanah on Jul 5, 2016


I like what Radcliffe is doing in taking some challenging roles. But from what I see in trailer, I can't tell if it's mis-casting or not, buzzcut or not, he's just not very convincing as a skinhead. He might as well be holding a sign that says "I'm a cop".

Movie Bear on Jul 6, 2016


His acting is horrible in this trailer

Bob on Jul 6, 2016

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