From a boy wizard to a corporate climbing businessman in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ to Victorian attorney haunted by a ‘Woman in Black‘, Daniel Radcliffe has certainly taken on different roles and his newest film, ‘Horns‘, is no exception.The role of Ignatius “Ig” Perrish, which was originally given to Shia LaBeouf, is a big departure from the past wholesome roles Radcliffe has played. In ‘Horns’, Radcliffe is a murder-accused alcoholic who wakes up one morning to find out that not only is he the prime suspect of the violently rape and murdered of his girlfriend, he has a pair of horns growing out of his head that has the ability to make people confess their sins.
Filming has commenced in Vancouver and thanks to EW, we have the first look of Radcliffe with his horns. “It’s a very, very different type of part than anything I’ve done before,” teases Radcliffe as he describes his role as “deeply emotional and also incredibly outrageous in some ways.” He goes on to say, “To play somebody who, in the midst of a time in his life of great turmoil anyway, undergoes this horrific transformation into a devil character — it was very, very exciting.”
It took several hours to apply the horn prosthetics to his forehead and upon looking at the picture here, the work is really well done. I like the fact that there is some blood at the exit areas at the base of the horns for a more realistic effect.
‘Horns’ is based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill (who happens to be the son of Stephen King). It was adapted for the big screen by Keith Bunin (‘In Treatment’) and will be helmed by ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ and ‘Piranha’ director Alexandre Aja. Also on board for the film are Juno Temple (‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, ‘Maleficent‘, ‘Jack and Diane‘) as Ig’s girlfriend, Merrin, Joe Anderson (‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’), James Remar (‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’), and Max Minghella (‘The Darkest Hour’).
The film sounds like it has great potential especially if it follows closely to the book. Here’s a synopsis courtesy of Amazon:
Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
The only suspect in Merrin’s murder, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . . Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look–a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . .”
‘Horns’ currently has no release date but once it is announced, we’ll let you know!