Daniel Radcliffe to Take on the Yakuza in ‘Tokyo Vice’

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Daniel Radcliffe showed some real courage standing up to Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" movies, but he's going to be playing a very different sort of tough guy in his next project.

Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star in "Tokyo Vice," a crime thriller based on the true-life American journalist Jake Adelstein. Adelstein was writing for a Tokyo-based newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun, when he was assigned to cover Tadamasa Goto, one of the highest ranking figures in the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia.

Adelstein managed to uncover some of Goto's darkest crimes and reveal them to his readers, but the reporter's determination came with great consequences to himself and his loved ones.

The "Tokyo Vice" announcement comes as Radcliffe is keeping a busy schedule with a wide variety of projects. After starring in the gothic thriller "The Woman In Black" and playing iconic poet Allen Ginsberg in the indie drama "Kill Your Darlings," Radcliffe has recently finished work on two films, the upcoming romantic comedy "The F Word" and the horror tale "Horns."

Radcliffe has also reportedly signed on for 20th Century Fox's "Frankenstein" reboot, and this summer he'll be returning to the stage in London, appearing in a West End production of the comedy "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh.

"Tokyo Vice" will be the first feature film from director Anthony Mandler, who has previously shot music videos for Jay-Z, Rihanna, and the Killers; he also has another feature in development, "The Last Days Of American Crime," which at least on the surface sounds like it would mesh thematically with this picture. The screenplay is from playwright J.T. Rogers, who wrote the stage dramas "Madagascar," "Guy Talk," and "The Saddest Lines." "Tokyo Vice" will be produced by John Lesher and Adam Kassan for Le Grisbi Productions, and the film is expected to go before cameras in early 2014.