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Daniel Radcliffe to build Brooklyn Bridge

Film star Daniel Radcliffe is to play civil engineer Washington Roebling, who was instrumental in building the Brooklyn Bridge, in his next film role.

The movie, called Brooklyn Bridge, will be be directed by Douglas McGrath, best known for the Jane Austen adaptation, Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 years to build, at a cost of $15m and 20 lives.

Roebling himself endured decompression sickness after supervising construction of the structure’s underwater supports.

Although the bridge, with its gleaming steel cables, is now considered a jewel of the New York skyline, it was much derided during the building phase.

It was twice as long as the Menai Suspension Bridge between Anglesey and mainland Wales, which was then the world’s largest suspension bridge. Many sceptics believed the structure would simply collapse into the East River and float away.

Roebling’s father had designed the bridge’s two enormous towers and was placed in charge of construction, but he injured his foot in a freak accident while surveying the site, contracting tetanus and later dying of lockjaw.

Roebling took over and watched as the project spiralled to almost twice its original budget.

Despite his travails, the bridge was hailed as a “marvel of science” when it eventually opened in 1883.

A key player in McGrath’s script is Roebling’s wife Emily, who supported him during his darkest hours.

Filming is due to begin in August, with the rest of the cast yet to be announced.

“Having Daniel’s involvement is a massive coup,” said Pascal Degove, of film financiers Goldcrest Films.

“Not only is he perfect for the role, but he’s consistently proved himself to be one of the very few actors who is genuinely a massive draw for audiences of all ages.”

“We love Doug’s extraordinary script and working with Daniel is one of the rare treats in the business,” added producer Christine Vachon.

Harry Potter star Radcliffe recently announced he would be treading the boards in Broadway, with a transfer of his West End production The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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The Simpsons new episode

Dan is set to star yet again in The Simpsons, which  will air this coming March 9, 2014, in an episode called “Diggs.” The synopsis for the episode from Fox is:

Bart is rescued from a confrontation with Springfield Elementary’s bullies by Diggs (Daniel Radcliffe), a recent transfer student and aspiring champion in the niche sport of falconry. But Bart soon discovers that Diggs harbors aspirations on a far more grand scale than wrangling falcons: he actually wants to take to the sky himself.

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Daniel Radcliffe to take West End hit The Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway

Daniel Radcliffe will return to Broadway as the Michael Grandage Company makes its stateside debut with a transfer of The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh.

The New York run, which will preview from 12 April at the 1,082-seat Cort theatre before its official opening on 20 April, marks the first Broadway production of McDonagh’s classic story about the inhabitants of a small Irish town who clamour for roles in a locally shot Hollywood film.

Radcliffe won acclaim for his West End performance in the play, with several critics claiming it as his best on stage to date. Michael Billington wrote: “He makes you care about a character who, in some ways, is a clever literary conceit.”

The transfer caps a successful first season for the Michael Grandage Company, currently into its last leg at the Noël Coward theatre in the West End with Jude Law’s Henry V. In keeping with the company ethos that saw West End tickets available for £10, more than 10,000 tickets for the Broadway run will be priced at $27 (£16).

Grandage has had significant success on Broadway over the years, with a number of his Donmar Warehouse productions, including Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart, Hamlet and Red, crossing the Atlantic. He won a Tony award for Red.

 

Though overlooked at the Evening Standard awards for his performance, Radcliffe has been shortlisted for best actor at the Whatsonstage awards after a public vote.

Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in a 2008 transfer of Equus, and returned three years later to star in Frank Loesser’s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, to huge acclaim. Many in the industry thought he was unfairly overlooked at that year’s Tony awards nominations. The Cripple of Inishmaan will debut on Broadway just in time to be considered for the 2014 Tony awards nominations.

Source: The Guardian

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Photo updates

Just updated the gallery with various recent photos of Dan, The Graham Norton Show, Cineworld screening of Kill Your Darling and photoshoot 158.

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I work in retail and this is the busiest time of the year for me so I won’t update on this news feed here, but will just add to the gallery for the next week. Go to this link to see any new photos of Dan that we have added.

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Guardian Photoshoot

3 MQ photos of Dan from The Guardian shoot.

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You can watch a video from the set of the shoot here. Dan talks about the Michael Fassbender test, shaving his leg hair at 12 and smoking in the photo shoot. The interview from the magazine can be read here.

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Shortlist video shoot

Watch Dan below in a video for Shortlist magazine in which he talks about Kill Your Darlings and Gold.

Here is a trailer for the 300th Shortlist magazine issue featuring Dan on the cover.

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Photo shoots

I have updated the 097 – Chris young 2012 shoot with some extra HQ photos and added new 156 – Time Out 2012 HQ photos to the gallery. Credit to Ashley for these.

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Kill Your Darlings Cut Up

On Thursday November 21st, DanRad will be kicking off an exciting and unique project to celebrate the release of his hugely anticipated new movie Kill Your Darlings, which hits cinemas on 6th of December.

The KYD Cut-Up Exhibition is a collection of projections which will be taken around London over three days, to be seen by thousands of Londoners.

The whole cut-up thing, where text is sliced up and rearranged to create a new, original piece, was made popular in the late 1950s, by William S. Borroughs – one of the central characters in Dan’s new movie. It’s all about ‘killing’ the work of ‘your darlings’ (or inspirational artists and writers) to create your OWN brand new and unique work. It’s all very clever and artsy fartsy.

For this particular exhibition, the cut-up technique will be used to include design, fashion, illustration, photography, art and literature, so if you’re one of those arty sorts with any sort of creative talents you fancy showing off, this one’s definitely for you.

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