Daniel Radcliffe to Grow ‘Horns’ for Supernatural Thriller

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:00 pm,

daniel radcliffe horns Daniel Radcliffe to Grow Horns for Supernatural Thriller

Some actors spend years struggling to escape the shadow of that one iconic role that catapulted them to stardom. Harrison Ford is one notable example of a performer who managed to avoid the pitfalls that follow a breakthrough film. At the rate things are going, you may be able to add Daniel Radcliffe to the list.

Earlier this year, Radcliffe followed a full decade of Harry Potter films with a solid performance – and respectable box office take – in The Woman in Black. Now, according to Variety, the actor has just signed to star in director Alexandre Aja’s upcoming supernatural thriller Horns.

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, the story follows a young man (played by Radcliffe) accused of murdering his girlfriend. One morning, he awakens to find that he is growing horns with the power to force people to confess their sins, a gift the character uses to clear his name and solve his girlfriend’s murder.

With Aja at the helm, there’s no telling if the film’s tone will emulate the B-movie mayhem of the director’s Piranha 3-D or the more gritty, violent feel of his The Hills Have Eyes remakes. The premise certainly offers a lot of promise and, with its supernatural elements, sounds like it could make a nice progression for Radcliffe’s career.

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Still, Horns may be a bit too extreme a move for an actor still best known as everyone’s favorite boy wizard. Given its subject matter, it’s likely that the film will be saddled with a hard R, and even The Woman in Black was more focused on atmosphere than violence. Plus, it’s not as if Radcliffe is lacking options, one of which will likely not be the announced sequel to The Woman in Black. He’s already been circling a role as poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings and a British miniseries opposite Jon Hamm. Could Horns be too much too soon when it comes to his transition to more adult roles?

Let us know what you think of Radcliffe’s post-Potter choices. Is his career heading in the right direction?

Horns is scheduled to start shooting this fall. Stay tuned for more details on this project as they emerge.

Source: Variety

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  1. I did like The Woman In Black. Old-fashioned Gothic horror is the only horror I like.

    Daniel was great in that. I am unfamiliar with the source material for this.
    One should think growing horns would be associated with the power to
    make people falsely confess rather than confess sins to reveal truth.

    • I thought the power should have made his girlfriend confess.

  2. I loved Heart Shaped Box, Hill’s first book. Thought Horns was okay. I don’t think it will translate too well into a movie. Personal opinion

  3. Radcliffe is amazing. And might I add from the interviews I have seen, and read likely one of the most amazingly nice people in the entertainment business. After I saw him on Daily Show I decided it would be impossible not to like him. He was great as Potter and he was great in Woman in Black. I think he should do anything he wants to and not set silly limitations on his genius.

  4. Honestly I think that Radcliffe will be amazing in whatever movie he’s in! I loved him in the Woman in black and Harry Potter. He makes all the movies he’s in amazing. So whatever he decides he wants to do he and the movie will be amazing!(:

  5. Sounds, umm… Different. Not really my kind of thing but i’ll give it a go as it’s Daniel Radcliffe as he’ an amazing actor. Most of his projects so far have been great :-)
    Have to say though, im a huge Dan fan but he wouldn’t be my choice of a rapist murderer. I mean he’s a bit… Small (no disrespect to him) but he’s not really all that intimidating. Although the article does hint thay he’s innocent. Could be an interesting watch though :-) especially as there are supernatural elements. Hope it’s not gory though. Im not sure about the other films mentioned (hills have eyes) but arnt they a bit gory and disturbing?

  6. “The Woman In Black” scared the bejeezuz out of me. It’s just so000 creepy, unlike all the horror films at the moment (and it was only like a 12A).

    I would like to see Radcliffe go on to do more successful things because he seems like a nice chap. It’s far from essential, but if he can pull off an American accent that could go a long way. It would impress me anyway. (As long as it’s better that Ewan McGregor’s awful American accent)

  7. Nice guy and intriguing story but honestly, I still don’t think he’s a very good actor at all.

    We shall see though, I’d love for him to prove me wrong someday.

  8. Not really a fan of Radcliffe, but I really liked the “Horns” book so I definitely look forward to seeing how this movie goes.