Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has been cast in a new crime thriller called Tokyo Vice, which is being directed by music video and commercial director Anthony Mandler. The movie is based on the memoir of an American reporter named Jake Adelstein, and the script for the film was written by JT Rogers. This sounds like a very intriguing story.
According to the report, Radcliffe will play Adelstein who, "while working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper in Tokyo, covered the crime beat and locked horns with yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, called the 'John Gotti of Japan.' It details how the journalist’s investigating and finally exposing the notorious gangster exacted a high personal cost and sacrifice which included death threats. Adelstein, who will be working with Rogers on the story, is still an investigative reporter who writes for The Daily Beast, The Japan Times, The Atlantic Wire, and is an adviser to Polaris Japan, a non-profit group that combats human trafficking."
Radcliffe has been keeping busy since Harry Potter has ended. He recently wrapped the horror film Horns, and the romantic comedy The F Word. He has also signed on to play Igor in the Frankenstein movie for FOX. This Tokyo Vice film seems like the best project he's taken on yet.
Here's the official description from the book:
A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist.
Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.