Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play the leading role in an adaptation of Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice, Deadline reports. Commercials director Anthony Mandler is set to make his big screen directorial debut with J.T. Rogers providing the screenplay.
The nonfiction book, published in 2009, is officially described as follows:
At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime… crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down… momentarily. Then, he fought back.
In "Tokyo Vice," Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, "Tokyo Vice" is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.
Radcliffe, still best known for his iconic eight-film portrayal of Harry Potter, can be seen coming up in the Beat generation murder mystery Kill Your Darlings and in Alexandre Aja's supernatural thriller Horns.