With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows wrapped and in post-production the kids of Hogwarts find themselves looking for acting work for the first time in a decade. As one would imagine of the stars of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, they're not exactly begging for handouts: Rupert Grint will be starring in Eddie the Eagle next year and Emma Watson will probably spin her popularity and looks into a successful modeling and fashion career. As Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe has perhaps made out the best, with upcoming roles in The Journey is the Destination and a remake of the classic All Is Quiet On the Western Front. Now the actor has signed on for a third project, a film adaptation of Susan Hill's supernatural thriller The Woman in Black, which begins shooting next year.
The film's being produced by UK-based Hammer Films, a fountainhead of classic horror films such as The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy. Radcliffe will play the lead role of solicitor (that's a British lawyer of sorts) Arthur Kipps who visits an isolated seaside town to attend a funeral and becomes the target of haunting by the titular Woman in Black. The book has been adapted twice before, once as a TV miniseries, once as a stage play, but never for the big screen. Hammer plans to present the movie in 3D, which makes me wonder whether they're just trying to milk audiences for a few extra bucks at the box office or are going for the classic 3D horror aesthetic from the 50s. Of course, we can't dismiss the possibility that Radcliffe plans to go full-frontal like he did in Equus and the 3D is for, well, I'll leave the rest up to your imagination.