Daniel Radcliffe To Play Sebastian Coe In ‘Gold’

Daniel Radcliffe, who appeared at the Sundance Film Festival for his new movie 'Kill Your Darlings,' poses for a portrait. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)

Daniel Radcliffe (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)

It seems a good idea, when casting a movie about a real person, of whom there are photographs and reels of film, to go with an actor who looks a bit like them in the first place.

This seemingly obvious thought is the reason why Daniel Radcliffe would have made a dreadful Freddie Mercury (hats off to the person who came up with that idea, assuming it was a joke), but will probably shine when he laces up the running shoes of Sebastian Coe.

Now better known as Lord Coe, the man who brought the Olympics to London, Sebastian was a prominent British Olympic athlete of the 1970s and ’80s, a four-time gold medallist at middle-distance running events who shared a fairly heated rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett.


Gold is the story of the events leading up to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, which were boycotted by America after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The script was adapted from Pat Butcher’s book The Perfect Distance by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon), and will be directed by James Watkins, who recently put Daniel in a starched collar for The Woman In Black.

It’s a co-production between BBC Films, the British Film Institute and Al Films. Planning is underway for a shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year.

We predict a runaway hit.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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