Daniel Radcliffe will star in another independent film as a drug-smuggling pilot making some wonder if the Harry Potter actor won’t return to “mainstream” films anymore. Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt will make his debut in the English filmmaking industry with Beast of Burden.
Beast of Burden follows the life of a pilot who embarks on a critical journey as he tries to smuggle drugs. The scrip was penned by Adam Hoelzel. Filming for Beast of Burden will start in late November in Savannah, Georgia. Jesper is a highly-acclaimed filmmaker whose previous works include Blondie, Jimmie, and The Ape. Apart from the new independent film, Daniel will also appear in a revival of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead made its Broadway debut in 1967 with stars John Wood and Brian Murray. The comedy features two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play was likewise made into a movie in 1990 starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Hamlet’s childhood friends who often forget who they are.
Daniel will give life to the role of Rosencrantz in the play’s London revival. The performances will begin in February 2017 at the Old Vic Theatre. Information about tickets will be announced soon.
It appears that the Imperium actor thoroughly enjoys being in independent films. He recently made headlines when he admitted to the Telegraph that his £75 million (about $97 million) earnings from Harry Potter remain nearly untouched.
While some might think that Daniel has an uneventful life because he’s barely touched his fortune, the actor thinks otherwise. For him, being financially secured has allowed him to work on unconventional projects which he finds meaningful.
“I don’t really do anything with my money. I’m very grateful for it, because having money means you don’t have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom career-wise.”
The Kill Your Darlings actor has no plans of deviating from independent films anytime soon. In a 2014 interview with Huffington Post, he said he aspires to devote his life making films not just for the sake of raking in cash.
“I’ve worked with other studios since Harry Potter. But, generally on the whole, with the position I’m in right now, I only have to do things that I am interested in and passionate about. I don’t have to do things just for the money. So, while I’m in that situation, that’s all I want to do.”
He added that the best scripts are typically in the independent film category because “with bigger studios, every decision is made by about 10 or 20 people. And when you have to get 10 or 20 people to agree on one thing, that obviously becomes a homogenized version of something, and less individual obviously.”
Working for Harry Potter made the young Daniel a recurring subject of the press, but he managed to get away from the “Child Star Curse.” He admits that being in Hollywood at a young age exposed him to many temptations, but he remained grounded because of an “incredibly stable parental background.”
He liked being on the Harry Potter set too because of its atmosphere. Daniel believes that one of the major factors why he didn’t get “lost” was the people on set. After all, he basically grew up with Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and the other stars of the beloved franchise.
Daniel claims that his mindset is that fame is not permanent. In a few minutes or years, it will vanish, that’s why you need to have a good sense of who you are.
Do you think Daniel made the right decision of sticking with unconventional films?
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