What’s a wizard to do after fighting off death eaters for several years? There’s been heavy speculation about what Daniel Radcliffe plans to do after the Harry Potter franchise comes to a close next summer. Last month, he was confirmed to star in the adaptation of the ghost story The Woman in Black. Now, Entertainment Biz! [via Shock Till You Drop] is reporting that the actor is “keen to get involved” in Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel’s horror-comedy Jay and Seth Versus The Apocalypse.
Apocalypse began life as a film school project by Rogen and Baruchel but now the pair wants to develop it into a feature film. Entertainment Biz! adds that “the duo have knocked at Radcliffe’s door requesting him for an audition.” Hit the jump to see the trailer for the original short as well as my thoughts on Radcliffe’s post-Potter career.
I know there’s been talk that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will be unable to step out from under the shadow of Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, and Ron Weasley. And perhaps if they had only played those roles once or twice, that would be true. But the Harry Potter franchise has challenged these actors to play so many different emotions and character arcs that it seems short-sighted to believe they’ll never get roles as anyone else.
I particularly think Radcliffe will be fine because—and please stay with me—he doesn’t really wear glasses. That may seem like a silly oversimplification, but if I asked you to tell me what Harry Potter looks like, I guarantee you that “glasses” would be in the description. You take away the glasses and he doesn’t look like Harry Potter anymore. Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint will forever be linked to their Potter characters, but that doesn’t preclude them from playing other memorable roles as well.
Switching gears, here’s the trailer for Rogen and Baruchel’s short film, Jay and Seth Versus The Apocalypse: