Daniel Radcliffe takes on 'Woman in Black'

Hammer Films' gothic thriller directed by James Watkins

LONDON -- Daniel Radcliffe is confirmed to take the lead in James Watkins's big screen adaptation of Susan Hill's novel "The Woman in Black," backers said Monday.

The movie will be produced and co-financed by Hammer Films and Alliance Films from a script penned by Jane Goldman ("Kick Ass").

The scripts follows a young lawyer played by Radcliffe ordered to travel to a remote corner of the U.K. and sort out a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, he begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.

Production is expected to begin in the fall this year.

Alliance Films will distribute the movie in the United Kingdom via its label Momentum, Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance Films). Exclusive Films International is handling worldwide sales.