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Things We Saw Today: Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Direct a Movie He Also Wrote, Please Let This Happen!

Daniel Radcliffe has curated what has to be, hands-down, one of the most fascinating careers of any modern actor. Post-Harry Potter, he’s chosen to leverage his superstardom for really unique projects along a huge spectrum of genres, from playing a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man to starring in the upcoming Weird Al Yankovic biopic to his criminally underrated rom-com with Zoe Kazan, What If.

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Now, Radcliffe says he’s ready to branch out even farther and try his hand at directing. Even more, he wants to direct a film that he’s already written.

Speaking on the Empire Podcast, DanRad says he’s written a movie based to some extent on his experiences in the film industry.

“I’ve got an idea for something that I have written,” he told the Empire Podcast. “I’m hopefully going to direct. It will be in a couple of years’ time, because the next 18 months at least are pretty much accounted for already.” While the genre and synopsis are under wraps for now, Radcliffe did reveal that it’s set in the world he’s been a part of for the last 20-plus years of his life. “People always say, ‘Write what you know’. I’ve had a very unrelatable life, so I don’t want to write that,” he laughs. “But I have found a way of writing something that is kind of connected to the film industry, about that.”

I am desperate for more details. Again, he’s drawn to such a huge range of genres so we don’t even have a way to guess what sort of film this might be. His description doesn’t sound like it’s anywhere close to biopic territory but rather more loosely inspired by his experiences.

He does also say that he doesn’t want to go full triple threat on this project, opting just to write and direct but not star in it himself.

“I would like to just direct, for two reasons—partly because I’ve never done it before, and I wouldn’t want to be thinking about both those things at the same time,” he says. “But more practically, because when you direct a film, you have to watch that film a thousand times afterwards in the edit, and no part of me wants to watch my face that much. I’ll skip that.”

(via Empire)

In other news of the day:

  • Please keep NFTs away from D&D. (via Gizmodo)
  • Star Wars: Ashoka just added Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verses Peter Ramsey to its list of directors. (via THR)
  • Ranking the most stylish Marvel men. (via GQ)
  • “How Ukranians are saving art during the war.” (via Vox on YouTube)
  • Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years, which feels a bit extreme! (via CNN)
  • Yesterday’s historic Supreme Court confirmation vote is also turning out to be a bit of a super-spreader event for lawmakers. (via Daily Beast)
  • If you’re not already a fan of British indie-rock duo Wet Leg, you’re probably about to be. (via EW)

Happy Friday, everybody!

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