Daniel Radcliffe is set to move from the magical classrooms at Hogwarts to the mud-spattered trenches of World War I. The “Harry Potter” star, who only recently wrapped shooting on the two-part series conclusion, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is looking at another literary adaptation for his next film: Erich Maria Remarque’s novel “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
reports that the “Potter” star will lead the “All Quiet” cast as Paul Baumer, a young German soldier who is sent with his friends to fight in the trenches. Unlike other popular war stories, Remarque’s book eschews themes of heroism and instead presents a bleak tale of young men whose daily lives vacillate between crushing boredom and mortal terror, examining the effects such an existence has on their psyches.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” has been adapted for big screens before, as well as for television and radio. Indeed, Lewis Mileston’s 1930 version won an Oscar for Best Picture (becoming the first non-musical talkie to do so), leaving this latest attempt with quite a lot to live up to.
Radcliffe comes to the project after falling for the script, which comes from Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, who are also producing under the Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment banner. The “Potter” star is currently committed to performing on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”; “All Quiet” shooting will kick off in spring 2012, after Radcliffe finishes with his theater commitments in 2011.
Radcliffe might be finished in front of the film cameras for “Deathly Hallows,” but he’ll spend the next year-plus posing for press photos as he promotes the two-part series closer. The first of the two films hits theaters this year, on November 19, and the conclusion follows months later, on July 15, 2011.
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