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Daniel Radcliffe Goes for ‘Gold’

Pic follows rivalry between runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett

LONDON — In the run-up to the AFM, Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star in “Gold,” which tells the story of Sebastian Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Pic will reunite Radcliffe with British director James Watkins (“Eden Lake”) following their 2012 box office hit “The Woman in Black.” Its screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Will Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”), and the film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (“Small Island”) and Kevin Loader (“Hyde Park on Hudson,” “Le Week-end”).

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with AL Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce.

Financing is also provided by Ingenious Senior Film Fund, represented by Gavin Poolman.

Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films is selling worldwide and will be launching the film at the AFM.

Haslam said: “Gold is a movie about an insatiable need to win, fuelled by intense ambition, only possible through the support of loving family.”

The film is based on the book “The Perfect Distance” by Pat Butcher, who also acts as consultant on the project.

Planning is underway for a shoot in the U.K. and Russia in April next year.

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