Harry Potter is now a man, and that man is intensely interested in bridges. Daniel Radcliffe has officially signed on to Douglas McGrath’s Brooklyn Bridge, an ode to the construction of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Bring on the historical drama.
Radcliffe will reportedly play a “brilliant but inexperience” engineer who sees to the bridge’s construction after his father passes away. The Hollywood Reporter describes his character as “besieged by calamity, danger and doubt,” though nonetheless steadfast in his “obsession to get the job done” as it “threatens his health and his family.”
Producers are currently working to announce fellow actors, including a female lead. But, as far as Radcliffe goes, the production team couldn’t be happier:
"Having Daniel's involvement is a massive coup for the film," said Goldcrest Films' Pascal Degove of Radcliffe's casting. "Not only is he perfect for the role, but he's consistently proved himself to be one of the very few actors who is genuinely a massive draw for audiences of all ages."
Filming is set to start in August, after which point we will be similarly besieged by images of massive bridges in mid-construction, along with the plucky engineer who could. With any luck, Radcliffe can do for bridges what Harry Potter did for boy wizards.
After all, they do need some attention.