Daniel Radcliffe is to star in Hammer Films’ gothic thriller The Woman in Black, according to various media reports.
The film, based on the book by Susan Hill, will be directed by James Watkins and adapted by Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman. Per Variety, Radcliffe will play young lawyer Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote pocket of the UK to tend to a deceased client’s papers. Kipps soon begins to uncover the ghostly secrets of the house and local village.
Alliance Films will co-finance along with Hammer’s parent company, Exclusive Media Group. Exclusive Films International is handling international sales.
Simon Oakes is producing for Exclusive’s Hammer Films label as is Richard Jackson at Talisman Films.
Exclusive’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East will serve as executive producers along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee.
Hill’s novel was adapted for the stage and is still running in London’s West End, more than 20 years after making its debut, notes the BBC.
Production is expected to begin in the fall.