Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to star in “Grand Theft Auto” in the BBC Films docudrama about the real-life legal battle between Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser and a Florida lawyer who sought to ban video game violence.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe will play Houser, one of the creative driving forces of the hit franchise, in the adaptation of David Kushner’s book “Jacked: The Outlaw Story of ‘Grand Theft Auto.'” Up-and-coming director Owen Harris (“Misfits,” “Black Mirror”) will helm the project.
Houser famously clashed with since-disbarred attorney Jack Thompson, an activist who waged a campaign against depictions of sex and violence in video games, throughout the 2000s singling out the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise, as well as such other Rockstar releases as “Bully” and “Manhunt.” The role of Thompson hasn’t been cast.
Production is target to begin April 20.
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