The New York Daily News recently reported that Warner Bros. intends to adapt J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter theater production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with Daniel Radcliffe being courted to reprise the titular role. While the studio has disputed the report, that didn’t stop press members from bombarding Radcliffe with Potter-related questions at this weekend’s Deauville Film Festival, where he accepted the Rising Star award.
And surprisingly, Radcliffe didn’t exactly shut the rumor down. “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” he responded when asked whether he’d ever consider doing another Harry Potter movie.
Radcliffe did add, however, that he is “happy enough and secure enough” to let someone else portray Harry Potter. He also believes that he’s too young to play the father-of-three adult Potter featured in the Cursed Child.
“At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years’ time I would still feel strange about going back to it,” he explained.
Nevertheless, Radcliffe said “it would depend on the script,” adding, “The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there!”
The Cursed Child depicts Potter “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children … who grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” Warner Bros. intends to take this story and turn it into a full-fledged trilogy, the Daily News has reported.
In the meantime, the studio will release its Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on November 18th, 2016.