UPDATED: New details emerge surrounding Daniel Radcliffe’s “Grand Theft Auto” film

UPDATE Apr. 21: Dan’s involvement in the drama has now been officially confirmed.

Rockstar Games is not believed to be involved in the production due to reported concerns that the film may exaggerate the story.


Earlier this month, we reported that Daniel Radcliffe was in talks to star in a drama about the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise. Multiple sources now say that Dan has signed on for the film, and its working title is Game Changer.

Dan will play Sam Houser, British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company that developed the GTA franchise.

He will reportedly star opposite Bill Paxton, who will take on the role of Jack Thompson, an outspoken American attorney who repeatedly attacked GTA and Rockstar Games over the violence of the video game. Paxton most recently appeared in Nightcrawler and is known for roles in Titanic, Apollo 13, and Aliens.

The movie is based on the book titled Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, written by David Kushner. It will recount how the game was created, as well as the disputes with those who objected to its violence.

Filming is slated to begin toward the end of April in South Africa. The 90-minute drama will be broadcast on BBC Two.

Both Dan Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes also recently appeared in the latest installment of Academy Originals, the fun documentary series by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They answered the question “What was the first movie that made you cry?”

Dan appears at 0:07 and gives his answer at 1:36. Ralph gives his answer at 2:31.

Do you think Game Changer will be an interesting role for Dan? What was the first movie that made you cry? Let us know in the comments!

Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.