Daniel Radcliffe Will Star in Edward Snowden-Inspired Off-Broadway Show

The English actor is trading his wand for a laptop in a James Graham production inspired by NSA and government surveillance.

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From boy wizard to tech wizard. Harry Potter star and stage-show vet Daniel Radcliffe will star in a new off-Broadway production, Privacy, written by Finding Neverland author James Graham and scheduled for a limited run this summer.

Inspired by the recent headlines on government surveillance and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Graham and Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke’s play examines the state of ubiquitous technology and personal information. The The New York Times reports that uniquely, patrons will be urged to keep their cell phones on.

Radcliffe, whose career began then skyrocketed through the Harry Potter film franchise, will star in Privacy as a writer “loosely modeled” on Graham. The play will also feature Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch, Michael Countryman (Burn After Reading), Reg Rogers (Runaway Bride), deAdre Aziza, and Raffi Barsoumian. The play will run from July 5 until Aug. 7.

This won’t be Radcliffe’s first time on stage. Post Harry Potter, he has bucked type-casting in plays like Equus, the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan. He has also starred in indie and mainstream films like Horns, Victor Frankenstein, and a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man.

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