Daniel Radcliffe for Woman In Black
Daniel Radcliffe has signed up to star in a movie adaptation of The Woman In Black.
The Harry Potter star will play young lawyer Arthur Kipps - who is sent to work in a remote house which is haunted by the ghost of a scorned woman seeking vengeance - in Hammer Films and Alliance Films' adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel.
This will be Daniel's first movie role after shooting the final Harry Potter film earlier this year.
James Watkins will direct the film from a screenplay by Kick Ass' Jane Goldman and production is due to begin in the autumn.
Daniel said: "I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman In Black. Jane Goldman's script is beautifully written - both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film."
James said: "When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can't wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone."
The Woman In Black has also been adapted for the stage and has been a huge hit in London's West End.
Daniel, 20, will perform on Broadway in How To Succeed Without Really Trying in the spring. He's also due to play a young German soldier in a Hollywood remake of classic war movie All Quiet On The Western Front, due to begin filming in 2012.
The penultimate Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows: Part One, opens on November 19.