Daniel Radcliffe makes the boldest movie choices. Dare I say he'd be sorted into Gryffindor, at least as an actor? His new movie is called Escape from Pretoria. It's based on the book Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison by Tim Jenkin, one of the escapees. Radcliffe plays Jenkin in the movie, and the real Tim Jenkin was on set for much of filming and revealed what he thought of the finished product.
Here's what drew Daniel Radcliffe to the movie, as told to the BBC:
Escape from Pretoria is based on the true story of Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), two young white South Africans against apartheid who were branded "terrorists." They were imprisoned in 1978 in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. They decided to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape. Thanks to ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they formed a plan for freedom.
The real Tim Jenkin wasn't sure how Escape from Pretoria was going to turn out, but he told the BBC he approved:
Daniel Radcliffe said he was very aware of the days Tim Jenkin was on set, and it reminded him that he was playing at someone's real life. So the one thing he was resolved to do was get the story as right as possible. He also learned a great deal about this time in history through reading Tim Jenkin's book:
Daniel Radcliffe credited director Francis Annan for the tension in the film, admitting he worried a bit since so much of the story is Tim trying to make keys. But the trailer alone makes that pretty tense, and any prison break movie is going to get fans nervous for the characters, even if you know how it turns out.
Check out the new poster for the movie:
And here's the official trailer:
I don't know what a South African accent should sound like, but I have seen some comments saying this is not quite it. Eh. I grew up outside of Boston and I'm used to accents not quite being right in movies. Besides, there's no one way to speak and it's the words themselves that count. Hopefully the accents don't distract people too much.
Escape from Pretoria will be released on March 6.
This is a pretty big week for Daniel Radcliffe. He has two smaller films coming out back to back, for whatever releases they get. (Hopefully you can watch them near you, but no promises.) Guns Akimbo -- the video game-style action movie that gave us that Harry Potter guns meme -- is getting a limited release on February 28.
Daniel Radcliffe also stars in the TV series Miracle Workers on TBS, when he's not busy watching The Bachelor. And he could still play Moon Knight, his recent comments just refuted the idea that he already had the job or had been approached by Marvel. He seems open to the MCU, so maybe MCU Wolverine is even still on the table. But it's more likely he'll continue to make smaller independent films like Escape from Pretoria. 'Cause why not?
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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