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Radcliffe is Dan Eldon

Published January 2, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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Daniel Radcliffe continues to do all he can to ensure that he doesn't become typecast. Nude for Equus, an orphan in December Boys and now a British photographer.

Dan Radcliffe to Become Dan Eldon

The Guardian Unlimited has confirmed that Dan Radcliffe has been cast to play the title character in an upcoming biopic.

From Hogwarts school to the hell of Somalia's civil war, Daniel Radcliffe is to make his biggest career leap yet. The Harry Potter actor has seen off competition from Hollywood's A-list to star in the true story of a young British photographer who met a tragic end.

The film, Journey, will see Radcliffe play Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old who was among four journalists stoned to death by a mob in Mogadishu in July 1993. Eldon left behind 17 journals, thousands of pictures and a legacy that has won admirers including Madonna and Julia Roberts.

Though requests to make a film on Eldon have been made before, his living mother, Kathy, has refused numerous bids promising title characters such as Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger. She finally caved after meeting Radcliffe.

'The timing is right and the person is right and I couldn't ask for more,' said Kathy, a journalist, producer and activist. 'He has portrayed a magician for years and my Dan was a different kind of magician. There are parallels in the two Dans' lives. Daniel Radcliffe is a poet, he keeps journals and he's half Jewish. He has a puckishness, sense of humour and energy inside him which remind me of Dan.'

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