Daniel Radcliffe says he will “never close the door” on more Harry Potter films
Daniel Radcliffe has said he is “never going to close the door” on Harry Potter, and to do so would be a “stupid thing to do”.
Radcliffe made the comments while speaking to the Hollywood Reporter about his new film Imperium, in which he plays a FBI agent undercover as a neo-Nazi – a far cry from the squeaky clean boy wizard that made Radcliffe famous. As always, the subject of Harry Potter came up, and Radcliffe was asked if he would consider reprising his role in a film adaptation of the Cursed Child plays.
Tactfully, Radcliffe said: “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do. But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.”
He added: “At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years’ time I would still feel strange about going back to it.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently running at Palace Theatre on London’s West End, where it is sold out through to December 2017. The play features Harry Potter as a middle-aged ministry of magic official, struggling to keep on top of his work and the adventurous antics of youngest son Albus.
Rumours that Warner Bros. will produce a film version of the play have been rife since the Hollywood Studio registered a trademark for the title in July.
In August, the New York Daily News reported that a Hollywood insider had confirmed: “Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40.”
They claimed the Hollywood studio would love a film adaptation to be released “as soon as 2020”.
However, we agree with Radcliffe – any film edition starring him as Harry is going to have to wait at least a decade. Radcliffe is still a spritely 27, after all.