It sounds like Hammer Films’ upcoming adaptation of The Woman in Black is sticking close to its horror roots as star Daniel Radcliffe describes it as “slow-burning and very, very scary.” That’s what we call good news indeed!
Total Film recently spoke with the young actor about TWIB along with how his Harry Potter fans might adjust to him being in such a mature role. “It’s one of the great challenges, to get people to buy me as something else.” His character, Arthur Kipps, is “a father and a widower – two things I don’t have direct experience of,” says Radcliffe.
“I would call it a character-driven horror film, along the line of The Orphanage or The Others. It’s about loss, family and fear… The overriding sense of death pervades the entire film.”
Joining Radcliffe are Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White, Alisa Khazanova, Tim McMullan, Roger Allam, Daniel Cerqueira, Shaun Dooley, Mary Stockley, Cathy Sara, David Burke, Victor McGuire, and Lucy May Barker. James Watkins (Eden Lake) is at the directorial helm with a screenplay by Jane Goldman.
The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.
The Woman in Black is set to be released in the UK on October 28, 2011. No word on a Stateside release date yet, but as soon as we know, you’ll know!
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