Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has fought off competition from Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom to land the lead role in a new movie about a slain photo-journalist.
The 22-year-old will appear as photographer Dan Eldon in Journey, a film chronicling the civil war in Somalia. Eldon was one of four journalists stoned to death by a mob in the African country in 1993.
And Eldon’s mother Kathy believes Radcliffe was the perfect choice to play her tragic son.
“We resisted a lot of older actors because Dan was a boy emerging into manhood,” she says.
A compilation of Eldon’s diaries – on which the film is based – has sold 200,000 copies since being published in 1997.
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