Daniel Radcliffe To Star In Woman In Black

July 19, 2010 by  
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daniel_radcliffe300His Harry Potter career may be coming to an end, but Daniel Radcliffe is already looking to the future after confirming his participation in Hammer horror adaptation The Woman In Black this morning.

Radcliffe will take the lead role of Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who uncovers the secrets of an old dark house in a film which has been scripted by Kick-Ass‘s Jane Goldman and will be directed by Eden Lake‘s James Watkins. Production is due to begin this autumn.

“I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman in Black,” Radcliffe said. “Jane Goldman’s script is beautifully written – both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake, and also having met him, I know he will make a fantastic film.”

Based on the 1983 bestseller by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is set in a haunted village on the east coast of England. Hill’s tale inspired a 1989 TV movie as well as a hugely successful London stage-play.

The big-screen version is a co-production between Alliance Films and Hammer. Originally established in the 1930s, Hammer Films gave rise to the likes of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Quatermass Experiment before falling on hard times in the 80s. Now resurrected after a couple of decades in decline, the Hammer studio has various films in the pipeline, including the Hilary Swank drama The Resident, and the vampire love story Let Me In, a US-based remake of the acclaimed 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In.

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