The film is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's 2005 memoir
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Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Greg McLean’s upcoming Jungle, a thriller based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s account of spending three weeks lost and trying to survive in the Amazon, Arclight Films confirmed to EW.

Radcliffe also confirmed the news on his Google Plus page, where he wrote that he is “incredibly excited and honoured to have a role in furthering people’s awareness of what happened” to Ghinsberg and his fellow travelers.

“Their story is a truly remarkable one that sheds light on both harrowing and hopeful aspects of human nature,” he said. “It should be a very intense and physical shoot (obviously we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if it wasn’t) and I can’t wait to start work on it.”

Ghinsberg journeyed through the Amazon in 1982 after meeting a man who claimed to know where to find gold in an uncharted section of the expansive rainforest. That man turned out to be lying, and Ghinsberg soon ended up alone for three weeks before being found and rescued.

Ghinsberg went on to write about his experience in a 2005 memoir titled Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival, which Jungle screenwriter Justin Monjo used as source material. His story was also spotlighted in an episode of Discovery Channel’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

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Radcliffe first became known for playing the title character in the Harry Potter franchise, and has gone on to headline smaller films like 2013’s Horns and 2015’s Victor Frankenstein. More recently, he starred in Swiss Army Man, a comedy-drama that debuted at Sundance in January and features Radcliffe as a corpse that Paul Dano’s character discovers on a beach.

Although Kevin Bacon was previously in talks to also star in Jungle, Radcliffe is currently the only confirmed actor. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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