Daniel Radcliffe is following up on his role as the world's most famous magician with a project that's about as real as it gets — a new adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, based on Erich Maria Remarque's classic World War I novel. Radcliffe will play young protagonist Paul Baumer, a German soldier who quickly becomes disenchanted by the horrors he sees fighting in the French trenches.
"Daniel brings a vulnerability and innocence to Paul," said producer Ian Stokell, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside fellow producer Lesley Paterson. "When we realized 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."
All Quiet will start shooting in the Spring of 2012. Beyond Radcliffe's obligations to the Harry Potter press machine — the actor finished filming his iconic role earlier this month — he's also tied to starring on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in 2011.
What do you guys think? Is All Quiet a good career move for Radcliffe? Can you buy him on the battlefields of World War I?