After nine years of playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has proved yet again that he’s all grown up by his choice of new movie to star in. The Wrap reports Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in the remake of Academy Award winner “All Quiet on the Western Front”.
Radcliffe is currently filming the movie “The Journey is the Destination“, a true story about the stoning and murder of Dan Eldon, a young British photojournalist in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Before that, Radcliffe was being lauded for his role on stage in “Equus” where he acted one scene in the nude. Like I said, Harry Potter is all grown up.
Daniel Radcliffe was chosen for the role of Harry Potter from thousands of would-be performers. The movie catapulted him to instant stardom, and that’s where he stayed. He’s now one of the richest young people in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of around $25 million. However, he’s actually quite low-key and, other than buying lots of books, doesn’t really spend much of it.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a classic anti-war book about World War One and a perfect vehicle for Daniel Radcliffe. Written by Erich Maria Remarque, “All Quiet on the Western Front” tells the story of young German soldiers on the front lines, the atrocities they witnessed and how difficult it was for them to adapt back into normal society when they came home. One of the famous lines from the book is, “We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.” The movie adaptation of the book won the Academy Award in 1930. This 2011 version starring Daniel Radcliffe movie will be the first remake of the classic film.
At the beginning of the book, the main character Paul Baumer (who Daniel Radcliffe will play) is much like Radcliffe is in real life. He likes to read, he loves to write poetry and is creative but with a strong love for family and friends. World War One and what he experiences on the front lines quickly changes him into someone who loses all hope and sees the world as something he can no longer feel a connection to. The part of Paul Baumer seems absolutely ready-made for Daniel Radcliffe, in fact he fits the part even more than Lew Ayres, the original screen version of Paul Baumer.
The last Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” will be released in the UK and the US in November, with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II” (the second half) being released in July, 2011.
But, as we say farewell to Harry Potter, (at least for now, but let’s hope J.K. Rowling writes a sequel with an older Harry Potter and gang), at least we have more Daniel Radcliffe movies to look forward to, and the next one looks like it’ll be a winner.