Now that the Harry Potter franchise has finally completed filming after 10 years the cast can focus their attention onto other roles. Daniel Radcliffe has been doing stage work over recent years and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will be seen next year in The Apparition for Warner Bros.
Now both actors have signed up to appear in two rather interesting films. One is The Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes, and the other is a supernatural thriller called The Woman in Black. But who is in what?
According to ShockTillYouDrop (which was later confirmed by Radcliffe’s publicity) Dan is set to star in The Woman in Black which follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black.
The stage play has been running in London since 1989, and I have been lucky enough to see it twice. It is a great horror story, one that I suspect writer Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) had fun adapting. In the play there are only 2 actors in the whole production (3 if you include the Woman in Black) but they will likely add more roles for the film.
This means that Tom Felton will be battling hyper-intelligent chimps in Rise of the Apes. According to Chris Petrikin Felton will be the son of Brian Cox, who plays the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.
Rise of the Apes began shooting this month for a June 2011 release, and The Woman in Black is expected to begin filming later this year.