Harry Potter heads to World War I

To star in All Quiet On The Western Front remake

All Quiet On The Western Front

Daniel Radcliffe has been attached to star in the remake of 1930s war classic All Quiet On The Western Front.

Now having officially graduated from Hogwarts, with filming on the seven-tome, eight-film series complete after a decade-long span, Radcliffe is clearly wasting no time jumping into new projects.

But is a remake of such a much-loved film really the best move for the burgeoning actor?

Producer Ian Stokell thinks so. He tells Variety:

"Daniel brings a vulnerability and innocence to Paul. When we realised 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."

The film will be based on Erich Marie Remarque’s celebrated novel about the First World War, which was first adapted by director Lewis Mileston in 1930. The flick won an Oscar for Best Picture.

Presumably Radcliffe will play Paul Bäumer, the young recruit who joins the German army during WWI, and is posted to the Western front where he fights not only the opposition, but the squalid conditions. Except Iraq nods aplenty.

Source: [Variety]

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    • cleanbreak

      Jun 23rd 2010, 11:08

      There are tons of world war 1 stories out there, I for one am fascinated with this period in time, regardless of the casting. I guess I'd like to know, do they really have to retell this story again and not something we haven't already seen or could easily see?

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    • acushla

      Jun 23rd 2010, 15:25

      I agree with cleanbreak, WW1 is a fascinating period of history and I'll watch any movie set during that time. Unlike WW2 and Vietnam it's not been done to death by Hollywood so I say yes please make it, with or without Mr Radcliffe.

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    • aliceISalive

      Jun 25th 2010, 18:27

      I've seen the play of this film, and it is really good. I hope he doesn't ruin it.

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    • SamaElPrime

      Jun 25th 2010, 21:50

      An All Quiet On The Western Front REMAKE?! Hollywood has to learn that you just don't have to touch the classics!! What's next? A remake for The Kid, Casablanca, or Citizen Kane?!

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