Daniel Radcliffe’s Prison Break
Wow, Daniel Radcliffe has been on fire recently, with two new roles announced in the last week. Well, yet another new role for the actor has emerged at the Cannes Film Festival. Variety is reporting that Daniel has signed on for a true-life prison break drama, Escape from Pretoria. Having recently signed on for US TV series Miracle Workers and action comedy Guns Akimbo, this new project will allow us to see Daniel, once again, in another completely different type of role.
The film is based on Tim Jenkin’s autobiography Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, which was first published in 2003. Daniel will play Jenkin.
Tim Jenkin [is] one of two 20-something white South Africans branded as terrorists and imprisoned in 1978 for being involved in covert anti-apartheid operations for the African National Congress. Jailed in the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, the pair decide to send the regime a clear message and plan an escape.
David Barron, who previously worked on Harry Potter as a producer for several of the films (Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2, Half-Blood Prince, Order of the Phoenix, Goblet of Fire, Chamber of Secrets), has been named as the producer for the project. Here’s what he had to say about it.
Political without being polemical, ‘Escape [f]rom Pretoria’ is a rare combination of genre and drama, and I am delighted to bring together the potent combination of Daniel Radcliffe and Francis Annan on this astonishing true story.
This project will bring Barron and Daniel back together for the first time since working together on the Harry Potter set. Production is due to begin on location in South Africa early next year. We can’t wait to see Daniel in this new role. What do you make of it?