ByEszter Simor, writer at
Eszter Simor

With the success of real-life story Rush, we're set to get a racing drama of a different sort. Harry Potter star has been confirmed to star in Gold, the sporting biopic about double gold medallist runner Sebastian Coe. The drama will follow his tense rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett.

Radcliffe will re-team with British director , following their collaboration on last year's box office hit horror movie, The Woman in Black, in which Radcliffe also starred. Producers have not cast the role of Ovett yet.

Oscar winning writer (Slumdog Millionaire) and (How to Train Your Dragon) have received a very exciting story to pen; the two fastest middle distance runners' rivalry started in their junior years and culminated in the Moscow Olympics, where Ovett won the 800 meters and Coe triumphed in the 1500.

Coe's portrayal will definitely be an interesting role for Radcliffe who has always been ready to try different characters in his films.

Gold will be produced by BBC Films, the BFI and AL Films and will be shot in the UK and Russia in April.

of BBC Films told Screen Daily (via The Guardian) about the movie:

Compelling, funny and moving, Gold is a gem of a story and BBC Films is proud to be participating in brtinging it to an international audience.

(via The Guardian)


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