Daniel Radcliffe has been cast as British middle distance runner and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Sebastian Coe. The film, titled Gold, will tell the story of Coe’s rivalry with fellow runner Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. The part of Ovett has yet to be cast.
Gold will see Radcliffe reunited with the director of 2012 box office hit Woman in Black, James Watkins. The film is based on pat Butcher’s book The Perfect Distance, and Bucher will consult on the film. The screenplay was written by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon).
Coe is an important public figure for the UK as he won four Olympic medals, broke several world records, and went on to secure the UK the 2012 Olympic Games. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the year last December.
BBC Films’ head Christine Lagan, who will executive produce the project, said of Gold: “Compelling, funny and moving, Gold is a gem of a story and BBC Films is proud to be participating in bringing it to an international audience.”
Tim Halsam, co-founder of Embankment Films, said: “Gold is a movie about an insatiable need to win, fueled by intense ambition, only possible through the support of loving family.” Embankment Films is distributing worldwide and will be launching the film at the AFM.
Gold is due to begin shooting in the UK and Russia in April of next year.
Radcliffe can be seen soon in his next film, Kill Your Darlings, which will be released in the UK on December 6th. Watch the trailer for Kill Your Darlings below.