As he prepared to bring the Harry Potter saga to a close, ingendude Daniel Radcliffe deftly selected challenging dramas that would force audiences to see him as something beyond The Boy Who Lived. This included a turn as a haunted widower in the horror-thriller The Woman In Black as well as tackling the portrayal of a young Alan Ginsberg in the Beat Generation biopic Kill Your Darlings, not to mention a trio of turns on Broadway in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the recently opened The Cripple of Inishmaan. Having convinced us he's much more than a charming former child star, Radcliffe is gearing up to get us giggling with the upcoming comedy You Shall Know Our Velocity.
THR reports out of the Cannes Film Festival that Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to front You Shall Know Our Velocity a jet-setting adventure about an odd couple bound on a bizarre mission. The comedy is based on the best-selling debut novel of acclaimed author Dave Eggers. Wells Tower is drafting the adapted screenplay; Peter Sollett, who has previously helmed Raising Victor Vargas and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, will direct.
You Shall Know Our Velocity follows the misadventures of two childhood buddies who reconnect when a mutual friend unexpectedly dies in an car accident. They decide to take his ashes to the Egyptian pyramids, and along the way opt to dole out the $32,000 insurance payoff from his wrongful death suit to those in need. Should he sign on, Radcliffe will play one of the friends who is described as "bookish and awkward." The other role, which has not yet had an actor tied to it, is said to be that of a "self-proclaimed" ladies man.
You Shall Know Our Velocity is not slated to shoot until the spring of 2015, so it might be a bit of time before we hear back on Radcliffe's casting, or word on who might join him.
Development on this adaptation began back in September of 2007, when Process Media, the production company behind Shortbus, World's Greatest Dad and A.C.O.D., acquired the rights to Dave Eggers touted novel. At the time, Variety reported The Good Girl's helmer, Miguel Arteta, was attached. Since then, he's gone on to direct a slew of television shows from Ugly Betty to American Horror Story, Enlightened and The Carrie Diaries, as well as a string of comedies, like Youth in Revolt, Cedar Rapids and the soon to open Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Other Dave Eggers adaptations in the works include A Hologram for The King, which recently premiered its first look, Zeitoun, which has Jonathan Demme attached to helm, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which has been optioned by New Line.