Variety yesterday reported that Dan Radcliffe has been officially confirmed to star in upcoming UK TV mini-series A Young Doctor’s Notebook, based on a Russian novel, in which he and 41 year old actor Jon Hamm will play the same role, but in different time periods. Variety says this:
The pair feature in “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a four-part skein inspired by a collection of short stories by Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov set during the Russian Revolution.
Hamm takes the role of the older doctor, who has a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self, portrayed by Radcliffe.
Show has been green lit by Sky Arts, owned by U.K. pay box BSkyB, and will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
Also reported yesterday on IndieWire.com is the news that Dan has approached Guillermo Del Toro to express interest in providing his voice for Del Toro’s new stop-motion Pinocchio film project:
The director’s been planning his take on the classic tale, which will feature music by Nick Cave, for some time, but only last week confirmed that he’ll be co-directing the animated feature, with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” animation director Mark Gustafson. And today, the filmmaker spoke to interested parties in Cannes via satellite link about the project to help drum up sales, and revealed that Harry Potter himself might end up in the project.
According to the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker, he was approached by Daniel Radcliffe, who’s keen to get involved on the project, and the actor is one of a number of names that he hopes might become involved, including Tom Waits, and Christopher Walken, who Del Toro wants to play the fox. The helmer stressed that no deals have been made, but he must also be on relatively safe ground if he’s willing to talk about it publicly. So could Radcliffe end up voicing the little wooden boy of the title? He’d certainly be a strong choice.