After the ginormous success of the Harry Potter series of films, which grossed over $7.7 billion in the span of just a decade, Daniel Radcliffe has struggled somewhat to really make a name for himself outside of his synonymous wizarding role. Not for lack of trying, that is, and the 28-year-old has delivered some solid performances in films such as Swiss Army Man and Kill Your Darlings but nothing for audiences to cast the Potter guise to one side.
Radcliffe has shown his ability to handle a variety of parts from the dramatic to the comedic, and covered a lot of ground in between. His work in Imperium (2016) showcased an as-of-that-time untapped talent for suspense-creating performances, and his appearance in Now You See Me 2 provided some good old-fashioned comic relief to an otherwise mediocre sequel. However, it still feels like he has more to offer and a new project may just be the vehicle he needs to show his full, all-round capability.
Not too much is known about said project, titled Jungle, other than that it is being helmed by Australian filmmaker Greg Mclean, whose previous work includes The Belko Experiment, and has a cast consisting of Alex Russel, Thomas Kretschmann, Yasmin Kassim, Joel Jackson and Jacek Koman. The film is based on the novel Jungle: A Harrowing Story Of Survival by Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who in 1981 found himself stranded in an unexplored part of the Bolivian Amazon Jungle for three weeks. The story seems well suited to a film adaptation, following in the footsteps of titles such as 127 Hours. The movie’s first trailer has just been released online and provides a particularly good look at Radcliffe’s performance.
Radcliffe convincingly pulls off the Israeli accent and comes across as a believable explorer type, particularly when we get to the big separation that sees the group’s members swept away by some dangerous looking rapids. Ghinsberg must then fight for his life deep in the heart of the jungle where we’re shown glimpses of him sinking in mud, being attacked by snakes, peeling the socks off of his deeply wounded feet and walking covered in ants (most likely bullet ants or something akin to them) from head to toe.
Without a doubt, Jungle presents Radcliffe with the perfect opportunity to shine, although in a rather rugged way, as it seems as though much of the movie’s runtime will revolve around him and, hopefully, showcase an ability to hold an audience all by himself.
Jungle swings into cinemas January 11th, 2018