Daniel Radcliffe Will Play the Boy Who Ran in Olympic Drama ‘Gold’

Daniel Radcliffe cast in 'Gold'Larry Busacca/Getty

Get ready to see Harry Potter wearing a lot of short shorts. In a presumed attempt to further his distance from The Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe is set to play the Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe in the British sports drama Gold, according to Deadline.

The film will follow the rivalry between middle-distance runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Moscow games, where Coe and Ovett both took home gold for the race that the other was favorited to win. (Who else is super excited to see a whole lot of Radcliffe running for victory in tiny shorts while his hair flaps in the wind? Oh… just us then?). 

Gold will reunite Radcliffe with James Watkins, who directed the actor in The Woman in Black. Simon Beaufoy (How to Train Your Dragon) will be penning the script that’s based on Pat Butcher’s book The Perfect Distance

Filming is expected to begin in the UK and Russia in April 2014.