Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to true-life prison-break drama “Escape From Pretoria,” which worldwide sales company The Works will introduce to buyers in Cannes. The film re-teams the actor with “Harry Potter” producer David Barron.
Radcliffe will star as Tim Jenkin, one of two 20-something white South Africans branded as terrorists and imprisoned in 1978 for being involved in covert anti-apartheid operations for the African National Congress. Jailed in the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, the pair decide to send the regime a clear message and plan an escape.
The film is written and directed by Francis Annan and based on Jenkin’s autobiography “Inside Out: Escape From Pretoria Prison.”