Daniel Radcliffe is looking forward to filming his upcoming role in "The Woman in Black" because he's convinced the spooky film will free him from the shadow of Harry Potter. The 21 year old has played the character for more than a decade and he recently completed filming on the final installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II".
He's lined up numerous new projects including a leading role in a frightening new adaptation of Susan Hill's classic novel. And Radcliffe hopes the spooky part will finally free him of his connection to the "Harry Potter" franchise.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It worries me (that fans will still see me as Harry Potter), but the challenge is to look like a dad and a young father. If I get that right, that is something that immediately separates me from Harry."
The film's screenwriter, Jane Goldman, adds, "I think there's a clear-cut demarcation. He was playing a boy in the Potter films or perhaps a young adult. Here, he's playing a man. Also I think in general today audiences know actors much more as individuals, there's an awareness of them apart from their roles. Dan is a brilliant actor, and he's much more than the person who played Harry Potter."
Radcliffer jumped at the chance to star in it because the film will be one of the first new Hammer horror pictures since the 1970s. The legendary British company, Hammer Film Productions, was well-known for its classic movies including "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "Dracula", but it went 30 years without producing a picture after a downturn in the firm's fortunes and various ownership changes.
But Hammer is heading back to the big screen this year with a series of high profile projects in the works, including an English-language remake of Swedish vampire thriller "Let the Right One In". And Radcliffe is delighted to be a part of the Hammer revival.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It does bring a smile to my face, and it's an absolutely genuine smile. Hammer is the company that everybody wants to see succeed. It's such a part of our film heritage. It was a massive producer of films in its heyday - they were really prolific, there were tons of them - and with actors like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It's wonderful to see that company, that name, in a resurgence."