Daniel Radcliffe Contemplates Life in The Director’s Chair

Daniel Radcliffe Contemplates Life in The Director’s Chair

Is there life beyond Hogwarts and Weird Al Yankovic for Daniel Radcliffe? Can a 32-year-old former child star change horses in mid-career and ride into middle age as a writer/director?

That’s the plan, says Radcliffe, who proclaimed to the Empire Podcast this week: “I’ve got an idea for something that I have written. I’m hopefully going to direct. It will be in a couple of years’ time, because the next 18 months at least are pretty much accounted for already.”

While he revealed few specifics about his project, he hinted that it would be somehow connected to his experiences in the cinematic spotlight, adding “But I have found a way of writing something that is kind of connected to the film industry, about that.”

Radcliffe was quoted as saying that he wanted to direct—not perform as well— for two reasons: because he’d never done it before and because it would be too taxing to direct and appear in the same production: “when you direct a film, you have to watch that film a thousand times afterwards in the edit, and no part of me wants to watch my face that much. I’ll skip that.”

Not that he’s doubting his acting credentials: Radcliffe is now starring in The Lost City, a comedy thriller that opened in the U.S. two weeks ago and that has already grossed more than $65 million worldwide. His co-stars in that production include Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.

As Radcliffe shared in an exclusive interview with Jamie Jirak for comicbook.com on Friday: “I think now at this point, I’ve got a reputation for being kind of weird in the things I want to do, which is lovely and weird, but gets weird, which is great. … But generally speaking, I think the way I saw it after Potter was that for every person that did only see me as one thing, there was somebody out there who was excited by the chance to show me as something else.

Stay tuned, his “something else” may be hitting the screens by 2024 or so.

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