Embankment Films has announced that Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter" films) is attached to play British politician and former track and field athlete Sebastian Coe in Gold, to be directed by James Watkins from a script by Simon Beaufoy and Will Davies. The film, which will be sold at AFM, is described as follows:
Sebastian Coe (Daniel Radcliffe), obsessive and nurtured, is a quiet loner driven to the limit of endeavour by his ambitious father.
Steve Ovett, effortless and natural, is a confident joker and outsider, fighting to prove himself in an elitist world.
Both are fuelled by rivalry but burdened by the weight of expectation and fear of failure.
Lovers, family loyalties and the human spirit are tested to breaking point in a relentless race for glory.
Inspired by a crescendo of real-life events – a movie about winning, losing and the pursuit of immortality.
Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish and Kevin Loader will produce. Filming will start in 2014.