Daniel Radcliffe May Be Leading Role in the BBC's Grand Theft Auto TV Drama

Daniel Radcliffe is in talks with the BBC to star as Sam Houser, the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, in upcoming Grand Theft Auto TV Drama.

It was recently revealed that there will be a TV drama, created by the BBC, about the creation process of Grand Theft Auto, and the controversy surrounding the content in the games. Now, Daniel Radcliffe is in talks with the BBC about possibly starring as Sam Houser, the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games.

The drama is showing how Houser and the team built Grand Theft Auto, their thought processes and influences, and the challenges they faced. One such challenge being activist attorney Jack Thompson, who was already attacking media companies in regards to pushing rap and sex into the eyes and ears of the masses.

In 2003, Thompson infamously turned his attention to GTA saying that it "glorified violence." However, in 2008, Thompson was disbarred due to inappropriate behaviour, false statements, and humiliating litigants; he has not been allowed to practice law ever since. We are curious to see how those proceedings factor in to the show.

The role of Thomson has not yet been filled in the BBC drama.

Owen Harris is set to direct the drama, which is currently titled Grand Theft Auto, however this can change. Harris' credits are directing episodes of Misfits and Black Mirror, and his first feature-length film Kill Your Friends.

My take

Radcliffe seems like a good choice for the role, so I'm hoping he's cast. He may not look like Houser, but he can certainly do a good job at sounding and acting like him. I think that James Woods is a good fit for Thompson, but who would you want to see play Thompson?

Thanks Hollywood Reporter.


Bill Paxton is confirmed to be playing Thompson, and Radcliffe is now confirmed to be play Houser.

Header image credit to Marco Vittur via EmpireOnline.

Published Apr. 9th 2015
  • Stan Rezaee
    Featured Contributor
    I could actually see Daniel Radcliffe being in a GTA show, after watching A Yong Doctors Notebook I'm sure he is fit to play any dark an sinister part. However Jon Hamm could help him work on developing his "American accent".
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    well if he does indeed play Sam Houser he won't need to learn an American accent, as both Housers are English.
  • Stan Rezaee
    Featured Contributor
    Actually I could see him playing as Claude but that may be awkward
  • Si_W
    This article needs editing slightly.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Because that tells me everything I need to improve on. Offer advice, don't just criticise.
    I would ask the obvious question, but I will let you work that one out.
    *hint* editing what?
  • Si_W
    OK, couple of things:

    1. TV Drama should be TV drama

    2. "possibly staring as Sam" should be "possibly starring as Sam"
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Awesome thanks! :)
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Despite you firing Jeremy, BBC, I will be watching this!
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    He will be back... or the BBC can hire me! :)
  • Game Oracle
    Interesting. Video games are certainly blurring the lines between forms of entertainment and growing. Nice.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    As long as quality is there, I'm happy about it! :)

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