Following nearly a decade playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe is finally free to move on. Radcliffe has signed on to star in a remake of the classic World War I tale “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Scheduled for a spring 2012 production however, Radcliffe will spend 2011 performing on Broadway in the production “How to Succeed Without Really Trying.”
Author Erich Maria Remarque created the character — young German soldier Paul Banner — earmarked for Radcliffe in his 1929 novel, which director Lewis Milestone adapted for cinemas the following year; the film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. More after the jump:
Producer Ian Stokell, who co-wrote the script with fellow producer Lesley Paterson, had this to say about Radcliffe’s fit for the role:
“Daniel brings a vulnerability and innocence to Paul. When we realized how much he loved the script we were really excited because we know he can tap into the delicate balance between intensity and believability that is critical for this demanding role.”
“All Quiet On The Western Front” was written by Erich Maria Remarque in 1929 and told the tale of a young German soldier, Paul Banner, who enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Despite their youth and enthusiasm, they fall to pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.