Radcliffe To Play “Grand Theft Auto” Creator

“Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in BBC Films’ “Grand Theft Auto,” a film about the true story fight between the creator of “Grand Theft Auto” and a Miami lawyer who aimed to ban video game violence.

Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games which created the giant gaming franchise along with popular titles like “Max Payne” and “Red Dead Redemption”.

Houser is credited in popularizing GTA into one of the biggest entertainment franchises ever made, but also for amping up violence in video games. Last decade Houser and Rockstar Games came under repeated attacks from unorthodox Florida activist attorney Jack Thompson who was later disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.

British director Owen Harris (“Misfits,” “Black Mirror”) is helming the drama while James Wood wrote the script and Jim Spencer is producing. Filming is slated to begin on April 20th.

Source: Heat Vision