Former "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe has been cast to play legendary middle-distance runner Sebastian Coe in an upcoming biopic, the BBC reported Oct. 30.
The film will focus on Coe's rivalry with 800-meter gold medalist Steve Ovett leading up the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
The British running duo ruled middle-distance racing during the 1980s (along with fellow Brit Steve Cram) and had a fierce rivalry. Ovett has said Coe was such a formidable opponent on the track that he seemed “bullet-proof.”
Coe, 57, won four Olympic medals, including the gold medal in the 1500 meters at both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. During his storied career, he set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance events.
The film, entitled "Gold," will be helmed by James Watkins, who previously directed Radcliffe in the 2012 film "The Woman in Black."
Radcliffe, 24, shot to super-stardom for playing Harry Potter in the blockbuster franchise from 2001 to 2011. While he has yet to comment on what type of training he'll undergo to play Coe, he will definitely be lacing up his track shoes.
Daniel, who's known for his methodological preparation as an actor, took two years of dance training to prepare for his 2011 stint in the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Despite his enormous fame and wealth, Radcliffe has managed to avoid many of the pitballs that befall child actors. However, he admitted he has struggled with alcoholism but gave up drinking two years ago.
"I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he said in 2011. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."
"Gold" will begin filming in the UK and Russia in April 2014.