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First look at Daniel Radcliffe in the period horror film The Woman in Black

Nov. 10, 2010by: George Merchan

With the HARRY POTTER series coming to an end, its principal stars will finally have the opportunity to really delve into broader and more diverse film roles, opening up their careers and testing the range of their thespian chops. Emma Watson is already filming her first post-POTTER role in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, and now we're getting our first glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe in his upcoming Hammer horror flick THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

And he looks good! However, typecasting is an inevitability in this business, especially true for the young actors who grew up within a franchise as large and culturally significant as Harry Potter. With that in mind, do you buy Radcliffe in the role of a lawyer in a horror film? He looks mature (losing the glasses helps) and we know the guy can act. It'll be interesting to see how audiences respond to Radcliffe in this and in subsequent films.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK - from director James Watkins (EDEN LAKE) and writer Jane Goldman (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, KICK-ASS) - is currently filming and is expected to be released sometime next year.

Synopsis: The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased clients papers. As he works alone in the clients isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

Extra Tidbit: Radcliffe got his dong out in the 2007 revival of the play "Equus". Not sure if that has anything to do with typecasting, but there you go.
Source: ComingSoon

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6:16PM on 11/10/2010
Looks like a cool, gothic horror. There need to be more of those (the period setting helps). Definitely looking forward to seeing Radcliffe in this role. Not the biggest HP fan (enjoyed the books, find the movies to be a bit mediocre), but I've always liked him.
Looks like a cool, gothic horror. There need to be more of those (the period setting helps). Definitely looking forward to seeing Radcliffe in this role. Not the biggest HP fan (enjoyed the books, find the movies to be a bit mediocre), but I've always liked him.
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3:55PM on 11/10/2010
Sure, why not.I like Radcliffe. Heck, I like all the Potter kids. They take pride in their work and don't suck up the spotlight like so many of our American acting kids do. I'm sure that also has a lot to do with the British tabloids, or lack thereof in America. Either way, I am eager to see what Emma and Daniel have besides the Potter films, as it seems Rupert Grint isn't getting a whole lot of attention outside Potter himself.
Sure, why not.I like Radcliffe. Heck, I like all the Potter kids. They take pride in their work and don't suck up the spotlight like so many of our American acting kids do. I'm sure that also has a lot to do with the British tabloids, or lack thereof in America. Either way, I am eager to see what Emma and Daniel have besides the Potter films, as it seems Rupert Grint isn't getting a whole lot of attention outside Potter himself.
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2:53PM on 11/10/2010

Just saw the original

It did a good job creeping me out. Looking forward to this and Daniels performance.
It did a good job creeping me out. Looking forward to this and Daniels performance.
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1:40PM on 11/10/2010
Looks very nice - like Hammer doing HP. Bring it on.
Looks very nice - like Hammer doing HP. Bring it on.
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11:30AM on 11/10/2010
loving the fog. or is it mist? either way... spooky.
loving the fog. or is it mist? either way... spooky.
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11:01AM on 11/10/2010
Looks great so far!
Looks great so far!
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9:27AM on 11/10/2010
The book, and ESPECIALLY the play are brilliant - hope they can do this justice as a film, as the play relies on pretty sparse staging and atmospherics.
The book, and ESPECIALLY the play are brilliant - hope they can do this justice as a film, as the play relies on pretty sparse staging and atmospherics.
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8:12AM on 11/10/2010
Might be good. Radcliffe definitely seems like he has the brightest future of the 3 Potter leads. Rupert Grint might end up selling popcorn at his local theater.
Might be good. Radcliffe definitely seems like he has the brightest future of the 3 Potter leads. Rupert Grint might end up selling popcorn at his local theater.
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8:32AM on 11/10/2010
Actually, apparently, Scorsese has taken an interest in Grint.
Actually, apparently, Scorsese has taken an interest in Grint.
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8:12AM on 11/10/2010

I'm with it.

As much as the HP cast will always be the HP cast, I think they're mostly talented enough follow them in other projects.
As much as the HP cast will always be the HP cast, I think they're mostly talented enough follow them in other projects.
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8:12AM on 11/10/2010

Well...

The guy's managed fame well, he hasn't gone through that mad "wild child" phase at all and he's definitely improved as an actor over time.

All the luck in the world to him
The guy's managed fame well, he hasn't gone through that mad "wild child" phase at all and he's definitely improved as an actor over time.

All the luck in the world to him
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7:46AM on 11/10/2010
Nice suit
Nice suit
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6:55AM on 11/10/2010
Looks like a copy of that movie from depp and burton with the headless horseman
Looks like a copy of that movie from depp and burton with the headless horseman
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7:24AM on 11/10/2010
Sleepy Hollow, not a copy, but agree it looks similar, and that is a good thing.
Sleepy Hollow, not a copy, but agree it looks similar, and that is a good thing.
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