“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe has landed his first role in a TV drama.
The adolescent actor will play Jack, son of British author Rudyard Kipling, in the Ecosse Films production “My Boy Jack.”
Story recounts how Kipling used his influence to get his 17-year-old son an officer’s commission in the British army during WWI despite Jack’s poor eyesight.
Jack never returned from the French trenches, and Kipling and his wife spent years looking for his body.
“For many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book,” Radcliffe said. “But I’ve always been fascinated by the subject and think it’s as relevant today as it ever was, with young men still sacrificing their lives in the name of war.”
ITV telepic will likely air next fall on flagship web ITV1.
Kipling is played by the film’s writer, David Haig, who initially created the story for a legit production at Hampstead Theater in London.
ITV announced the show at the press launch of its fall schedule at the Edinburgh Television Festival.
ITV1 is desperate to improve its recent poor performance and is looking at the fall lineup to score some much-needed success.
Sked is heavy on small-screen fiction, with 29 dramas headed by new outings for international bestseller “Prime Suspect,” starring Helen Mirren, and iconic British thriller “Cracker,” featuring Robbie Coltrane as hard-boiled police psychologist Fitz.
Highlights for youth-skewed sister web ITV2 include U.S. skein “Entourage.”