Rumor of the Day: Studio wants Daniel Radcliffe back for new Harry Potter sequel

Take it with a heaping grain of salt, but a new report claims Warner Bros. wants to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a feature film — with Daniel Radcliffe reprising his iconic role as the boy man wizard.

New York Daily News reports that a “well-placed Hollywood source” claims the studio wants Radcliffe back to star in a film adaptation of the Cursed Child stage play, which is set 19 years after the conclusion of the book (and film) series, following Harry and his son Albus. The play has proven a hit (not surprisingly), while a print release of the script sold more than 2 million copies within the first few days of release. Not bad for a script.

So yes, it certainly makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to milk another film or two out of the Harry Potter franchise. It’d also be guaranteed to print money at the box office, which is a nice luxury to have (especially for the studio that hasn’t figured out how to make a good movie out of a DC property yet). But Radcliffe has often expressed hesitance about returning to the role, and you’d have to think it’d be a hard sell to bring him back.

Circling back — this story comes from iffy sources and an iffy outlet, so odds are it’s nothing more than conjecture. But hey, it’s worth making a note in case something comes of it down the line.

Though it could all be a moot point if the spinoff series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them turns out to be a hit and Warner Bros. can just start cranking out sequels to that.

(Via NY Daily News)

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