Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Warners Can Play Dungeons & Dragons Again
It's game on following a lawsuit and a settlement with Hasbro
Ronda Rousey Starring In Her Own Biopic
Mark Bomback will adapt My Fight/Your Fight
New Trailer For The Intern
Robert De Niro goes back to work
Ready For Pez: The Movie?
Sweets going scripted
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Tops The US Box Office
Cruise scales the charts, Vacation gets parked
First Teaser Trailer For Zoolander 2 Arrives
The film will need to be at least three times longer
Channing Tatum Officially Cast As Gambit
His X-deal is finally done
Trailer For The Little Prince Flies Online
Jeff Bridges learns what the fox says
Ian McShane Plays Game of Thrones
In a secret but 'important' role
Live-Action Naruto Developing At Lionsgate
FX man Michael Gracey set to direct
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper 1954-2015
Wrestler-turned-actor dies, aged 61
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
31 July 2015
Daniel Radcliffe Heads To Imperium
He's playing an FBI agent
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Victor Frankenstein
02 October 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Horns (2014)
Empire Star Rating
What If (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Daniel Radcliffe Has Gone For Gold
Playing Seb Coe in the BBC Films project

30 October 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Screen International

submit to reddit

Photo: Marco Vittur

Back in the dim, distant days of 2010, when Britain’s 2012 Olympic glory seemed like a fantasy, BBC Films decided to make a film about the rivalry between middle-distance runners Sebastian (AKA Lord) Coe and Steve Ovett. Gold, as it is now known, has been pottering along ever since but has now put on a burst of speed with news that The Woman In Black’s director James Watkins is aboard alongside that film’s star, one Daniel Radcliffe.

Though the film wasn’t ready for 2012, the addition of this particular duo gives it a much better chance of finally reaching our screens. Radcliffe will play Coe, in a story that charts the rivalry between Coe and Ovett – at times fierce; at others cordial – which began with a school cross-country race in 1972 and came to a head at the Moscow Games in 1980.

While Johnny English’s William Davies originally adapted the script from sportswriter Pat Butcher’s book about the match-up, The Perfect Distance, writing duties have now been taken by Simon Beaufoy and How To Train Your Dragon’s Will Davies. Watkins will aim to shoot the film in the UK and Russia starting in April next year.

Radcliffe will next be seen in birth-of-the-Beats drama Kill Your Darlings (out December 6) and the adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror novel Horns, which still doesn't have a UK release date despite us wishing very hard. He’s also got romantic drama The F Word under his belt and will soon start work on Paul McGuigan’s Frankenstein with James McAvoy.  


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Hunger Games: Catching Fire IMAX Poster
We burn to believe
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

I wonder what Chris Morris thinks? More

Posted by Pirate King at 13:04 on 31 October 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)