Daniel Radcliffe Lands Leading Role In ‘The Amateur Photographer’

Even though “Harry Potter” has finally wrapped as a whole, Daniel Radcliffe is keeping himself busy. The British actor is heading to Broadway in the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” in a couple of months and was recently filming the thriller “The Woman In Black.”

Now, he has a new indie project on his plate: according to Variety, Radcliffe will star in the indie comedy “The Amateur Photographer.” Christopher Monger, who wrote the screenplay and the novel that the film is based on, will direct the picture. Monger is best known for his screenplay for HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” which has won just about every prestigious award a TV film can win since its release.

The film marks another period piece for Radcliffe, though this one is set in the 1970s instead of the late 19th century like “The Woman In Black.” However, it’s nice to see the former boy who lived going the indie route after spending the majority of his career starring in a blockbuster franchise. Clearly, Radcliffe likes to keep things fresh.

As for the plot, “The Amateur Photographer” follows a young man who discovers his passion for photography after the citizens of a sleepy New England mill town ask him to photograph their most intimate moments. According to Variety, he “battles local authorities while bringing a bit of a velvet revolution to the town.”

It sounds like the most down-to-earth project Radcliffe has attached himself to so far, which is an exciting prospect for “Harry Potter” fans. If all goes well, “The Amateur Photographer” could give audiences a chance to see how he performs onscreen as an actor without the magic and mystery he’s best known for — and our guess is he will succeed, without really trying.

Is this a film you’re looking forward to seeing? Are you glad Radcliffe has graduated past “Potter” into different types of films? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!