Is he preparing for life after Harry Potter?
In about three or four years’ time, when he’s finished his stint as Harry Potter in Warner Bros’ seven-strong adaptation of the boy wizard franchise (filming begins soon on …And The Order Of The Phoenix,, the fifth in the series), you could excuse Daniel Radcliffe for hanging up his wand and never acting again.
After all, it’s presumably been a tough time for him, having had to grow up – on screen and off - in front of the world, all the while playing a character that, no matter what he does, he’ll be associated with for the rest of his days. Not to mention the fact that, when he finally stops playing Harry, he’ll have more money than most teenagers. Work, for him, could easily become a four-letter word.
But Banbridge’s second-favourite son is not one to take the easy way out. Instead, it seems that he's committed himself whole-heartedly to a long life in movies, after it was announced today that the 15 year-old Radcliffe – a likeable young fellow whose knowledge of rock music places him high in Empire’s estimation - is to star in his first non-Potter project since The Tailor Of Panama, waaaaay back in 2001 when he was barely knee-high to a hippogriff.
December Boys, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Noonan, is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s at an isolated beach resort. Radcliffe – whose acting has come along in leaps and bounds since the first Potter movie, …And The Philosopher’s Stone – will play the oldest of four orphans, all vying for the attentions of a childless couple.
And if that weren’t enough, the movie looks set to serve Radcliffe with his first screen kiss, as his character will also have a romance with a young girl, played by eighteen year-old Teresa Palmer. Depending on December Boys’ shooting and release schedules, this kiss may precede the one Harry shares with Cho Chang in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. Either way, Radcliffe had better stock up on lip balm.
December Boys will start filming this November on the south coast of Australia.