Daniel Radcliffe to Play American Journalist in Mob Drama ‘Tokyo Vice’

Daniel Radcliffe at the 2013 Olivier awards in London. (Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Daniel Radcliffe at the 2013 Olivier awards in London. (Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

He’s a long way from Hogwarts. Daniel Radcliffe continues to zig and zag away from his wizardly career beginnings, with Deadline reporting that he has signed on to play American journalist Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice, an adaptation of Adelstein’s memoir of covering the crime beat in Tokyo. In the book, Adelstein’s investigative reporting into the dealings of a powerful yakuza Tadamasa Goto, a.k.a. “the John Gotti” of Japan, lands him in hot water in Tokyo’s mob scene. Playwright JT Rogers is adapting the book, with music video director Anthony Handler directing.

As Deadline notes, Radcliffe has gone from Potter to a spooky thriller (The Woman in Black) to an indie biopic (Kill Your Darlings) to a horror flick (Horns) to a rom-com (The F Word). And now he’s starring in a mob drama. Is there a young actor right now who is crafting a career as unpredictable and varied?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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