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Evil is something that's easy to portray in a film, especially when depicting an evil of a fictional variant. But you can create the most evil, mustache twirling, puppy stomping bad guy you could ever imagine, and it still wouldn't measure up to the face of true evil. The latter form is what you'll see in the trailer for Imperium, a film inspired by true events, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as an FBI agent tasked with going undercover. His target? Neo-Nazi hate groups. You can watch the first trailer for the film below.
This first trailer to Imperium arrived courtesy of Fandango's Movie Clips Trailers, and already it looks pretty gritty. The film sees Radcliffe's character, Nate Foster, infiltrating a homegrown hate group, in hopes of uncovering intel that could prevent an imminent terrorist attack. With the pressure mounting, and his cover being tested every waking moment, Nate's mission will put him through the ringer, in the name of national security.
Nate Foster isn't the only person who's under pressure, as Imperium is probably the most intense role we've seen Daniel Radcliffe take in his post Harry Potter years. Though this film couldn't have arrived at a more diametrically opposed time, as Radcliffe has found himself in front of audiences in lighter vehicles such as Now You See Me 2 and Swiss Army Man. But, of course, as any good actor will tell you, range is the key to a long lasting career. So of course, one of the easiest ways to top playing an evil millionaire or a devilish figure is, of course, playing a Neo-Nazi. It may only be a cover for his character, but you must admit, seeing the man we used to know as Harry Potter heiling the Fuhrer is something that's still rather shocking.
Adding to Imperium's impressive cast are co-stars Toni Collette, True Blood's Sam Trammell and Pacific Rim's Burn Gorman, all of whom are excellent additions to this low-key, yet powerful, looking film. Trammell and Gorman in particular look like they're playing towards their strengths, as Trammell's southern intensity and Gorman's more intimidating presence have been on display in numerous projects in the past. Though it'll be quite a treat to see Daniel Radcliffe's acting chops, as well as his American accent, go up against that of Collette's handler character.
If you're as intrigued as we are, Imperium will see releases through limited theatrical exhibition, as well as same day VOD, on August 19th.