Swiss Army Man actor Daniel Radcliffe has landed the starring role in BEAST OF BURDEN as a drug smuggler. The movie, which is currently in preproduction, comes from Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt with a script by Adam Hoelzel.
The film focuses on Sean Haggerty (Radcliffe), a character who’s used to lying and keeping secrets from everyone, including the feds, the cartel, and even his wife, Julie. But now he’s ready to get out of this illegal business — after he finishes carrying 55 pounds of cocaine across the border in a small aircraft. Provided he can survive when he lands, of course.
Radcliffe may still best be known as the Boy Who Lived in the Harry Potter franchise, but he’s managed to carve out a solid and interesting career for himself since then, appearing in Broadway productions (Equus, How to Succeed in Show Business Without Really Trying) and films like Kill Your Darlings, Horns, and this year’s critical smash Swiss Army Man where he appeared as a corpse.
It’s been exciting to watch his career unfold as unexpectedly and rewardingly as it has since his start. He recently starred in Imperium, which had a limited release in August, where he played an FBI agent who goes undercover to investigate white supremacist groups.
Ganslandt has primarily done Swedish films before this, such as 2012’s Blondie and the 2009 film Apan. He is also directing the upcoming film Vacation, based on his own script.
Before this, Hoelzel has only worked on shorts, including Amelia’s Canon, which he directed as well. He is also penning the script for the feature By the Rivers of Babylon.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor