If anyone ever thought that Harry Potter looks like a young Donald Draper, then you should get out and buy yourself a lottery ticket today.
As it turns out, the actors famous for those roles, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, respectively, are believed to be interested in playing the same character at different ages in a new four-part British television miniseries.
Not much is known at the moment, but according to Vulture, the project would have Hamm taking on the role of narrator while occasionally interacting with his younger self, played by Radcliffe. The post-World War I tale would take a “darkly humorous” look at a young Russian doctor who tries to overcome/hide his insecurities and self-doubt.
At this point, nothing is confirmed on the untitled project, but with names like Radcliffe and Hamm reportedly interested, the miniseries has already captured the attention of many television fans.
After the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter films, there was the question of whether or not Radcliffe would be able to move on and handle other acting gigs that didn’t see him chasing Horcruxes or casting spells. Following the worldwide box office success of The Woman in Black, earlier this year, many naysayers were quieted. Still, that was genre fare, which could be construed as catering to a similar audience, so Radcliffe’s venture into territory like this may be more along the lines of My Boy Jack and December Boys, but without the Potter franchise to fall back on. Before that, however, he will be seen on the big screen as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, which looks to be a very different role, indeed.
Meanwhile, given the near-iconic status of his character on Mad Men, it comes as a surprise that Hamm isn’t appearing in every other big budget blockbuster being pumped out by Hollywood right now. Recently, Hamm was seen in the pseudo-Bridesmaids cast reunion, Friends With Kids, and has been making appearances on 30 Rock, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Saturday Night Live, when he’s not too busy bowling with Chris Hardwick.
As far as dream pairings go, this one comes a bit out of left field, but it’s intriguing nonetheless. Hamm has displayed an ability to handle both serious drama and comedy, so mixing the two – as he often does on Mad Men – should come fairly easy to him. Radcliffe, however, has mostly played it straight, but there were a few moments in Potter that suggest he could stretch his range a bit and show us a new side.
One question lingering about the project comes from the two portraying Russian doctors. Are audiences ready to hear Harry Potter and Don Draper speak with Russian accents, or will the production go with the default English intonation for all non-American accents?
Screen Rant will keep you posted on this story as it develops. Meanwhile, Mad Men can be seen every Sunday night @10pm on AMC.