Did you ever think that Daniel Radcliffe aka Harry Potter would play an Olympian? You better believe it, because he has been cast as Sebastian Coe in a film drama which will cover the rivalry he had with fellow Olympian Steve Ovett.
Gold, the project’s current title, will see the star reunite with his Woman in Black director James Watkins. And considering the screenplay has been written by Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy (he won for Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davis, the film is looking to be a worthy collaboration.
So what’s the story? The film will focus on Sebastian Coe’s famous rivalry with fellow runner and Olympian Steve Ovett in the run up to the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Lord Coe, as he is now known, famously ran against Ovett and managed to claim victory in the 1500m. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing because his rival secured gold in the 800m.
As of yet we don’t know who Radcliffe will be playing opposite, because Ovett is yet to be cast, but Simon Beaufoy is certainly passionate about the project claiming it is a “brilliant story” with a “perfect ending”.
“I hadn’t realised how good [the story] was until you dig into their past,” he said. “They were fantastically different athletes and people … and they rarely met apart from on the track.”
The project has been based on Pat Butcher’s book, The Perfect Distance, and will be developed by BBC Films and the British Film Institute, along with AL Films.
BBC Films rep and executive producer Christina Langan claims the story is “Compelling, funny and moving.
Filming is set for April next year in the UK and Russia.