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Image Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Anthony G. Moore/PR PhotosJust like their rivaling on-screen counterparts, Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton seem to be doing their best to keep up with each other in the real world, now that the Harry Potter films have finished filming. Over the weekend, the actors each booked a new movie role in a supernatural thriller, and it appears that their time in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts have prepared them well for their upcoming features.
Radcliffe is set to appear in Hammer Films’ The Woman in Black. The story is roughly as follows: In a remote corner of the U.K., young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) must work alone in an old and isolated house. As he begins to uncover its tragic secrets, he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Adapted from the popular book of the same name, The Woman in Black seems like a logical step for Radcliffe. He’s had loads of experience with an “old and isolated house” (the Shrieking Shack), a “local village” (Hogsmeade), and “the ghost of a scorned woman” (Moaning Myrtle). Plus, after his Broadway stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, playing corporate should be no sweat.
Felton, meanwhile, will be putting his Care of Magical Creatures skills to good use in Fox’s Rise of the Apes. The actor will play the son of Brian Cox’s character, who has been described as “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.” Between Draco Malfoy and this, it’s beginning to look like Felton may be one of those actors who’s destined to always play the bad guy (or at least the son of a bad guy), but don’t get me wrong — that’s not a bad thing. Felton has shown that he can make evil characters a whole lot of fun to watch.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Will these roles keep Radcliffe and Felton’s careers rising faster than Harry’s inflated Aunt Marge? Will you continue to follow them once Harry Potter is over?