AFM: Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Japanese Underworld Thriller 'Tokyo Vice'

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John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing the film, which is based on journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir.

Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as real-life journalist Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice, set against the backdrop of the Japanese underworld.

Glen Basner's FilmNation has come aboard to help finance the thriller, and will shop the project to foreign buyers at the American Film Market, which gets underway Wednesday in Santa Monica.

Music video and commercials director Anthony Mandler is set to start shooting in mid-2014 from an adapted script by J.T. Rogers. John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing, with Binn Jakupi executive producing.

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Based on Adlestein's memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, the film chronicles Adelstein’s time spent as the only American journalist accepted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club. His biggest story unearthed a scandal that exposed massive corruption and helped bring down Goto Tadamasa, one of Japan’s mightiest Yakuza bosses.

"I want to thank Jake for trusting me with his story. We both share a love of Japan and, together with Glen, FilmNation and Daniel, I can think of no better team," Lesher said.

Basner added: "Tokyo Vice reminds me of some of the great films of the 1970s in which an outsider gets embroiled in a complex and mysterious world and must decide whether doing the right thing is worth risking his life and the people around him."

Tokyo Vice was packaged by UTA, which arranged financing for the project and is representing U.S. rights to the film. The deal was brokered on behalf of FilmNation by Alison Cohen. Radcliffe is repped by UTA, Felker Toczek and Artist Rights Group in the U.K.

Radcliffe is currently in theaters in Sony Pictures Classics' Kill Your Darlings and will next be seen opposite Zoe Kazan in CBS Films and Entertainment One's romantic comedy The F Word, as well as starring opposite Juno Temple in the horror-thriller Horns, which is based on Joe Hill’s best-selling book.