Daniel Radcliffe continues to prove he will not let his long run as “Harry Potter” lock him into typecasting of any kind. The actor will next play Olympic middle distant runner Sebastian Coe in “Gold,” a film that will focus on the intense rivalry between Coe and fellow runner Steve Ovett.
†May have wondered about what seems unusual casting: movie hunk Tom Hardy playing Elton John in the biopic about the pop superstar in “Rocketman.” Yet, clearly Sir Elton is totally on board with the choice — he and his husband David Furnish are executive producers of the film.
†While it’s unclear whether “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg will helm it, his DreamWorks studio has picked up the film rights to another book by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about a famous U.S. president — actually two of them. This time the focus is on Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. The proposed DreamWorks movie would be based on Kearns’ “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” The book is due out Nov. 5 — and delves into how the two onetime friends turned into bitter rivals.
Kearns’ “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” was the source book for Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which won the best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in the title role last year.