Daniel Radcliffe 'to star in World War I drama'

image captionRadcliffe previously played a WWI soldier in My Boy Jack

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is to play a German soldier in a new film version of All Quiet on the Western Front, according to Variety.

The 20-year-old will play Paul Baumer, a young infantryman fighting in the trenches of France during World War I.

Shooting will begin in spring 2012, following Radcliffe's Broadway run in How to Succeed Without Really Trying.

Erich Maria Remarque's novel was first adapted for the screen in 1930, with Lew Ayres in the Baumer role.

The US film won an Oscar for best picture, with a second Academy Award for director Lewis Milestone.

Radcliffe has now finished shooting on the final two films in the Harry Potter series, to be released this November and next July.

Earlier this year, it was announced he would be making his Broadway musical debut next year - his first New York stage role since Equus in 2008.

According to producer Ian Stokell, Radcliffe will bring a "vulnerability and innocence" to the film's lead character.

"We know he can tap into the delicate balance between intensity and believability that is critical for this demanding role," he is quoted as saying.

Radcliffe previously portrayed a World War I soldier in 2007 TV drama My Boy Jack, in which he played the son of author Rudyard Kipling.

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