Rumor: It is rumored that Daniel Radcliffe, star of the first eight movies in the Harry Potter franchise, is current being courted to reprise his role as The Boy Who Lived in the next potential Harry Potter sequel – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Cursed Child is a current West End play that continues the story of Harry Potter into his adulthood, and who better than Daniel Radcliffe to continue in the role. The source also reports that WB is looking into acquiring the movie rights to the Cursed Child as soon as possible, in hopes to have it ready for a 2020 release.
Radcliffe has been vocal about staying away from anymore Potter movies for now, saying he would like to “keep some distance” between himself and the iconic character. Radcliffe has played the role since 2001, so a need for him to branch out at this point only makes sense. Radcliffe is currently starring in two films at the Zurich Film Festival.
The exact quote on the situation from the source’s insider reads:
“Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40.”
It sounds as though getting Radcliffe to reprise the role might take a little wizardry. The source also claims that WB is willing to throw huge sums of cash at everyone involved for the opportunity to turn Cursed Child into a new trilogy. The source’s insider continues:
“Daniel had that job for over a decade with huge success and critical acclaim, but since then he has really established himself as a very strong actor with films like ‘The Woman in Black’ and his Broadway work. He doesn’t need to go back for money or to reboot his career, so he will need some persuading.”
As we all know, the greatest way to persuade someone is to throw large sums of money at them. Seems about right. If WB plays their cards (and check book) right, then we may all get the chance to see Daniel Radcliffe play the Boy Who Lived once again. Or, maybe the producers could just try Accio Daniel Radcliffe to see if that brings him to the project any quicker. That’s not how that works? Oh well, it was worth a try.
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