By Erin Strecker
Updated October 30, 2013 at 03:42 PM EDT
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Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play Sebastian Coe in the sports drama Gold, EW has confirmed.

Deadline, which first reported the news, notes that the movie will reunite the actor with his The Woman In Black director James Watkins. The story will be based on the book The Perfect Distance, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon).

The true story centers on the rivalry between Olympic runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett; Coe and Ovett started racing against each other in 1972 and were considered two of the fastest middle distance runners in the world. The Perfect Distance book summary states, “As far apart as possible in terms of class and upbringing, their rivalry burned as intense on the track as away from it. The pendulum swung between the pair of them—each breaking the other’s records, and, memorably, triumphing in each other’s events in Moscow in 1980.”

Check out a clip of the two’s showdown at one event in Moscow:

Radcliffe’s film Kill Your Darlings is currently in theaters. In addition, his upcoming projects include a Frankenstein tale, supernatural mystery Horns, and the romantic comedy The F Word.