Daniel Radcliffe Is Going to War in ‘Western Front’ Remake

After starring for years in the fanciful Harry Potter movies, Daniel Radcliffe’s career is about to take a dramatic turn toward realism.

Radcliffe has been tapped to play the lead role of Paul Baumer in an upcoming remake of the classic war movie All Quiet on the Western Front. Set during World War I, the original All Quiet on the Western Front—released in 1930 and based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel—followed a group of German schoolboys who enlist and become increasingly disillusioned by the war effort as they find themselves further entrenched in the horrors of battle.

No word on how the movie will be updated, but writer-producer Ian Stokell thinks D-Rad is the man for the job:

“Daniel brings a vulnerability and innocence to Paul. 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.”

Filming will begin in spring 2012, once Radcliffe is done with his Broadway stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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