Daniel Radcliffe and The Woman in Black

27 Jan

Is anyone else scared for Daniel Radcliffe’s post-Harry Potter career? I am. He’s been playing the lovable and nerdy Harry Potter for 10 years and I think audiences are going to have a hard time seeing Radcliffe as a different character. He made a good choice starring in Equus, a play about a young man’s pathological religious obsession with horses. During his run of Equus, Radcliffe tried to shed his “nice guy” image by appearing naked on stage every night. Critics loved Equus and Harry Potter fans responded well to the play, but the majority of his fans are teenage girls.  I think we know why they liked it.

His latest movie, The Woman in Black, is a questionable choice. Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who travels to a remote village and discovers that the locals are being terrorized by a vengeful woman’s ghost.

The trailer doesn’t look thrilling huh? Horror movies aren’t usually blockbusters and I suspect that The Woman in Black will not be a commercial or critical success.  After putting so much work into transitioning into a serious actor with Equus, I don’t know why he would pick this role.

For his next project, Radcliffe will star in Kill Your Darlings.  He’ll be be playing poet Allen Ginsberg who is brought together with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs after a 1944 murder. This role seems promising compared to The Woman in Black even if it’s only in pre-production. This will be director John Krokidas’ first full length feature film so it will be interesting to see how he does.

I think Kill Your Darlings will be the real test for Radcliffe.  He’s talented, but he has to be especially careful about his roles.  If both his post-Potter movies flop, I think he’s going to end up starring in direct to DVD movies like Rupert Grint.  Poor little ginger.

 

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One Response to “Daniel Radcliffe and The Woman in Black”

  1. JB January 28, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Ya know I can’t say I am worried about Radcliffe. I agree that he should be careful with the roles he chooses but I get the feeling he will be fine. I like that he readily admits that he can’t top Harry Potter – not financially or in terms of fans. And he really doesn’t feel the need to… much better attitude that the Lohan who continues to talk about “when” she is nominated for an Oscar. P-u-lease! Plus, watching him on SNL, being all self-depricating, and eager but not in an irritating way… maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I like his chances.

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