Daniel Radcliffe Set to Star In Escape From Pretoria

05/18/2017

Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to true-life prison-break drama “Escape From Pretoria,” which worldwide sales company The Works will introduce to buyers in Cannes.

 

Daniel Radcliffe is due to head to South Africa next year to take on his latest film role. The Harry Potter star will play former political prisoner Tim Jenkin, one of two 20-something white South Africans branded as terrorists and imprisoned in 1978 for being involved in covert anti-apartheid operations for the African National Congress (The African National Congress is the Republic of South Africa’s governing social democratic political party. It has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa on the national level, beginning with the election of Nelson Mandela in the 1994 election, the first after the end of apartheid). Jailed in the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, the pair decide to send the regime a clear message and plan an escape.

The film is written and directed by Francis Annan and is adapted from Jenkin’s autobiography Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison. It starts shooting in early 2018 on location in South Africa.

“I am very excited to work with the immensely talented Francis Annan on this astonishing true story. Political without being polemical, Escape From Pretoria is a rare combination of genre and drama and I am delighted to bring together the potent combination of Daniel Radcliffe and Francis Annan,” said producer David Barron.

Barron (Cinderella, Harry Potter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) and Footprint Films’ Mark Blaney (This is Not a Love Song) and Jackie Sheppard (Africa United) will produce alongside The Works Film Group. Executive producers for The Works are Martin McCabe, Deepak Sikka and Mick Southworth.

The film marks the second new project with Radcliffe debuting in the Cannes market. The in-demand actor recently was lined up to take the lead in action-comedy Guns Akimbo.